GIVE Richard Dawkins a child for a week’s summer camp and he will try to give you an atheist for life.
The author of The God Delusion is helping to launch Britain’s first summer retreat for non-believers, where children will have lessons in evolution and sing along to John Lennon’s Imagine.
The five-day camp in Somerset (motto: “It’s beyond belief”) is for children aged eight to 17 and will rival traditional faith-based breaks run by the Scouts and church groups.
Budding atheists will be given lessons to arm themselves in the ways of rational scepticism. There will be sessions in moral philosophy and evolutionary biology along with more conventional pursuits such as trekking and tug-of-war. There will also be a £10 prize for the child who can disprove the existence of the mythical unicorn.
Instead of singing Kumbiya and other campfire favourites, they will sit around the embers belting out “Imagine there’s no heaven . . . and no religion too”.
I have no issue with people advancing their worldview, though Dawkins et al don’t feel that way. They think it is child abuse to teach your religion to your children. Religious freedom is anathema to them, which is ironic considering that in their worldview all religions are the product of pure materialism. You see, I just “think” that I see all this evidence for the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, but their “truth” is that it is just a function of macro-evolution. Sure.
They really tip their hand with the unicorn bit. I ignore atheists who try to equate the evidence for God (see thisfor starters) with the evidence for unicorns, the Flying Spaghetti Monster, etc.. It shows that they have such poor criticial thinking skills or are so blinded by their worldview that they think that is a serious argument.
Do they do nature hikes where they explain how things aren’t really beautiful, you just “think” they are beautiful because you, as a bag of chemicals, have evolved with some defects like that?
Hopefully their training will address scientific facts such as the Cambrian Explosion and its mockery of the Darwinian worldview.
Methinks they protest too much.
Hat tip: Confessions of a Recovering Pharisee