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Following Chris' efforts to lighten the mood, and whilst I'm in my lunch
break, I though I'd impart a little bit of personal history that's just come
back to mind. Completely trivial, but amusing (to me anyway).
When I about 12 I had a Religious Education teacher who, thinking about it
now, was probably an atheist. She used to talk about Jesus' miracles, and
then offer possible scientific explanations for them! (My own atheism
started when I was about 8 according to my Mother, so I was pleasantly
surprised to find an RE teacher prepared to concede the possibility that,
whisper it to kids, religion might not be the "Truth").
A couple of years later, in a different school, I studied GCSE biology (that
gives Brit contributors an idea of my age- in fact I'll admit to having been
in the first group of people to take GCSEs. Answers on a postcard as to
what year that was). My biology teacher, a Mr.Sparkes, was an evangelical
christian who didn't believe in evolution (I remember him once using the
'human eyes are too perfect' argument, which I wish I'd known the answer to
back then...). He's still there as far as I know, but I expect he'd be
offered loads of money to work in some of the Southern States of the US.
So, my education included a religious studies teacher who didn't believe in
religion, and a biology teacher who didn't believe in evolution.
I could condemn them both for continuing to teach those subjects when not
believing them, but I'd be breaking windows in my glass house (although I do
hope in the not too distant future to get out of being involved with running
a degree in Public Relations).
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