October 21, 2010

I Delivered an Atheist Sermon at Westminster Abbey

Julian Baggini, Julian Baggini


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Last Monday, I delivered an atheist "sermon" from the pulpit of Westminster Abbey. It was surprising enough that the chaplain of Westminster School had invited me to give a "thought for the day" to the assembled students, even more so when he suggested I talked about why I was an atheist.

The fact that this sounds strange, shocking even, tells us something important about how atheism is now perceived, and its relationship to faith. The problem is that while the word atheist itself means nothing more than "not-theist", it seems that for many, "a" stands for anti.

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