The Last Person
That’s why Richard Dawkins is the last person I’d expect to start realizing the value of Christianity. And yet, he has begun to sing a different tune.
On March 21, 2018, for example, the atheist who proposed “protecting” children from Christianity tweeted out a report from The Guardian. The report detailed the collapse of Christianity in Great Britain. Among other things, it noted that almost 70% between ages 16 and 29 subscribe to no religion.
Dawkins’ dream is being realized. Christianity is dying. I doubt even he expected to be one of the mourners.
But his tweet accompanying this report indicates that he is seeing his success as a curse. “Before we rejoice at the death throes of the relatively benign Christian religion,” he noted, “let’s not forget Hilaire Belloc’s menacing rhyme: ‘Always keep a-hold of nurse, For fear of finding something worse.’” In fact, he said, “There are no Christians, as far as I know, blowing up buildings. I am not aware of any Christian suicide bombers. I am not aware of any major Christian denomination that believes the penalty for apostasy is death.”
Last year, Dawkins went even further. He told The Times that ending religion — once his fervent goal — would be a terrible idea. Why? Because it would “give people a license to do really bad things.” Citing the example of security cameras as a deterrent to shoplifting, he made what must have been a painful admission: “People may feel free to do bad things because they feel God is no longer watching them.”