Richard Dawkins and hypocrisy

Tim Fitzmaurice tjf11 at
Wed Dec 18 09:08:32 EST 1996

On 16 Dec 1996, A. Caian wrote:
> Make sure you tune in to the BBC television broadcast of Carols from
> King's College, Cambridge, on Christmas Eve. If you look very closely you
> might well see Richard Dawkins, arch-atheist, singing away with 'Hark the
> herald angels sing / Glory to the new born King' in the fellows' stall. It
> brought a whole new dimension to my enjoyment of the service; it was akin
> to spotting the Pope at a Black Sabbath concert. No doubt he was thinking,
> as he does of Bach's Mass in B Minor, how much better the music would have
> been had it been written about natural selection.

Or maybe, just maybe he was simply being polite to his hosts at King's and
attending and singing at the service. On top of all the other ideas about
just enjoying the music.


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