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Pathological religion

By Paul Broks   April 2003

She was an ordinary-looking woman. Fortyish. It would have been civil to invite her in out of the rain, but I kept her standing on the doorstep. She wanted to save my soul. Usually I listen politely for a minute or two, agree to differ, and see them on their way. I certainly don’t enter into debate. But she said something that caught my attention. I don’t know how she got there; perhaps it was something to do with Jesus releasing our untapped potential. “Do you know,” she said, “that we use only 10 per cent of our brains?” What…

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