Friday, September 05, 2008

"I've witnessed cruelty. I read Darwin all the time and find it feeds my faith. Richard Dawkins makes me want to pray, the same as Homer Simpson makes me want to exercise - for fear that I, too, will end up like him, a whining pub bore with the prose style of an internet conspiracy theorist."
Frank Cottrell Boyce

(I watched Mr Boyce's play. It is jolly nice that the BBC is still up for doing serious cerebral theatrical drama from time to time; all the thesps were acting a lot; the theological points on all sides were well made and followed through; but it managed to still be about characters rather than just a debate. But I couldn't shake the sense that this was a
Christian - maybe specifically Catholic - view of the holocaust: every time someone said "It's God who should have been sent to Auschwitz" I could almost hear the Priest adding: "And do you know, in a very real sense, He was." Maybe a Christian writer can't avoid drawing a line between Cavalry and the concentration camps - it's old news that the Suffering Servant is both Jesus and the Jews. But I wonder what Jewish groups and actual holocaust survivors made of the piece?)


Norrin said...

Why do so many of the responses to Richard Dawkins revolve around how he says things rather than actually addressing the subject matter?

Mr Boyce's belief in God is based on the fear of becoming a whining pub bore with a bad prose style?

Andrew Rilstone said...


Mr Boyce: I read a book about atheism. It was objectionably and badly written, and it didn't shake my faith at all.

Mr. Norrin: Mr Boyce believes in God because a particular book about atheism was objectionably and badly written.

(c.f "I know bad things happen in the world, and that doesn't shake my faith" vs "I have faith because bad things happen in the world.")