In the 18th century, a revolution in thought, known as the Enlightenment, dragged us away from the superstition and brutality of the Middle Ages toward a modern age of science, reason and democracy. It changed everything. If it wasn't for the Enlightenment, you wouldn't be reading this right now. You'd be standing in a smock throwing turnips at a witch.Charlie doesn't like to pull his punches:
Maybe you've put your faith in spiritual claptrap because our random, narrative-free universe terrifies you. But that's no solution. If you want comforting, suck your thumb. Buy a pillow. Don't make up a load of floaty blah about energy or destiny. This is the real world, stupid. We should be solving problems, not sticking our fingers in our ears and singing about fairies.Don't hold back, Charlie. Tell us how you really feel. :o)
Unfortunately, I'm going to miss the Dawkins programme on Monday night that Brooker mentions. Whilst I admire Dawkins greatly as a biologist, I have to say that his (at times) evangelical approach to atheism puts me off. However, it sounds like he keeps the foaming at the mouth to a minimum this time, so I'm quite interested to see the result.