At times, with its mention of Web sites and the suggestion that people organize and send money, Richard Dawkins' lecture on Sunday had the feel of a political rally. Most of the time, however, it was pretty glorious science.
Maybe religion is beneficial, after all. That's the natural inference to draw from psychologist Susan Blackmore's sudden reversal of her long-held position that religion is a parasite on human existence.
The squabbles between fundamentalists and the New Atheists are tragic because left-leaning religious communities and progressive atheists cannot find each other, thus failing to make common cause on a shared vision of ecological and social justice.
But I believe both the New Atheists (advocating life over God) and the Constitutional Evangelicals (advocating life under God) are far closer in their values and worldview than either would like to acknowledge.
If God created through miracle, why do organisms all carry the marks of a lawbound origin, evolution through natural selection? If He created through law, why did He use such a painful and at times dysfunctional mechanism as natural selection?
Watching Lost has always been an act of faith. Polar bears, time travel, everything -- it's one long benefit of the doubt. But something's different this season, some conversion where faith has become Faith.
For many years now Richard Dawkins has been working to discredit all belief in God. He has now said that he wants to have the Pope arrested when he comes to Britain for later this year for covering up "crimes against humanity".