A Book That Changed Me A book that changed me

Why I am not a Christian

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7242.1152/a (Published 22 April 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1152
  1. Simon Chapman, associate professor
  1. Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of Sydney, Australia

    Bertrand Russell

    Routledge, £9.99, pp 208

    ISBN 0 415 07918 7

    In 1969, at the age of 17, and after eight schooners of lager and a night of murderous vomiting to celebrate my final matriculation exam, I left my home in rural New South Wales and moved to a university hall of residence in the parental Gomorrah of Sydney. In the room opposite me was an earnest man from Hong Kong, 10 years my senior, who late at night would tap on my door to invite me to play chess and drink jasmine tea. He was studying for a PhD on the mathematical philosopher Gottfried Leibnitz, and his room was full of books with titles that both frightened and excited …

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