This week we are pleased to have Geoffrey Findlay join us to speak on this topic. He says:
“Prompted by Richard Dawkins’ remark last year that ” parents should not read fairy stories to their children as…… they are harmful to their education by instilling a false belief in the supernatural” , I will lead a debate on Fairytales, Myths and Legends – when do they become dangerous ?
Given the history of wars of religion and the persecution of other religions – which continues today in hideous form on most continents – just how dangerous is the ‘belief in the supernatural’ ? To what extent do fairytales, myths and legends contribute to this danger ? How far can we distinguish between them and their contribution to the evils involved ? If we can identify the source(s) of the danger, what should we – can we – do to counteract it ?”
Do come along to hear more, and to make your own contribution.