Harry Potter and the God Who Wasn’t There
Of course it would be the very day I say I’m not going to be focusing exclusively on atheism that an amusing atheism-related news item should come up on my radar.
I like to compare the Bible to Harry Potter, particularly by demonstrating that the arguments Christians like to use for the validity of their book apply across the board to “proving” the validity of Harry Potter with equal success. So it’s fitting to hear that Daniel Radcliffe, Mr. Potter himself, has in a recent interview with Esquire declared that he is an atheist.
I’m an atheist, but I’m very relaxed about it. I don’t preach my atheism, but I have a huge amount of respect for people like Richard Dawkins who do. Anything he does on television, I will watch.
I’m not the first nor the last to point out that this, of course, will likely only add fuel to conservative Christianity’s “Harry Potter is da debbil!” hue and cry. The books got kids reading; perhaps this will help get them thinking.