Latest links, including Simon on radio

Our very own radio star, Simon Nightingale, has been on BBC Shropshire again. “As I think you know I do a regular 3 monthly ‘Pause for Thought’ slot (a rather rural version of Thought for the day) on Shropshire Radio’s Sunday morning religious affairs program. I did one on Sunday 15th and it is possible to listen to it again, but only for up to one week.”

Here is the link:
On the time-line listen from about 2.16 to 2.23.

Richard Dawkins and Rowan Williams:

Chris Smith writes:I didn’t watch the debate but listened to it while cooking my supper and think I enjoyed it.  I certainly enjoyed every word of The God Delusion, an unstoppable rant.  Others criticise it for the same reason.  Richard D is obviously cleverer than a lot of the people round him and his  impatience  does come over.  And being faced by highly selective quotes and insubstantial stuff must be very irritating.  The audience seemed biased towards the RC at first but overall they were perhaps just cheering anything slightly controversial.

From John Edwards of Birmingham Humanists: “If you have a spare hour and wish to hear Dawkins tangle with the Catholic Bishop of Sydney you could do worse than click on the link below.I discovered that animals have souls too and that atheists can go to heaven!”

An invitation from GlobalNet21 to an event “Religion and the Failure of Politics” in London early evening 17 May.  It seems to be an open meeting.  It clashes with our May meeting.

Walking the Ancestor’s Trail

My name is Chris Jenord. I am a Somerset humanist who has been working with Bob Churchill at the London headquarters of the British Humanist Association to establish an event we hope will interest you. The project, named after Richard Dawkins’ book  The Ancestor’s Tale, combines long distance walking, biodiversity, evolution and Humanism. It represents, as far as we know, the very first biological pilgrimage ( and involves a group of atheists/ scientists/ environmentalists/ artists /philosophers working together to develop an annual celebration of our shared origins through evolution.

How does it work? Simultaneously a number of disparately located walking groups will begin trails that eventually coalesce, depicting the story of evolution in reverse. The number of walkers following the trail will gradually swell as tributary groups, representing the various branches the tree of life, merge with the main body of walkers. Eventually, the ever-increasing band of ‘pilgrims’ will arrive together at a fossil strewn beach, where we will celebrate life’s 3.7 billionth birthday with a small science festival.

We were thrilled to hear that the Canadian Halton-Peel Humanists near Toronto are currently planning their own version and I am currently trying to invite as wide an atheist community as possible to this year’s UK event. Consequently, we would be thrilled to welcome any Shropshire humanists to Somerset to take part in our second Ancestor’s Trail on the 29th/30th of May 2011.

I’d appreciate it greatly if you could complete the survey to help in our 2011 trail planning for Sunday 29th May. Doesn’t take long.

Chris Jenord

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