Soundings

The new ayatollahs

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7033.783a (Published 23 March 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:783
  1. Ian Robertson

    Are you an atheist? If so, then the chances are that you are less happy than the average believer—especially if you are no longer a spring chicken, so research by Michael Argyle of Wolfson College, Oxford, indicates. This confirms what many assert—namely, that religion and ritual give a sense of meaning and social cohesion that materialism never can.

    Richard Dawkins is currently the chief ayatollah of scientific materialism and he has no time for religion, calling for theology to be banned as a subject of study at university and describing religious faith as a “mental virus.” This latter …

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