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Dear Christopher Howse

25th November 1999

As we run up to Christmas, I find myself torn as always between the pleasures I take in the familiar rituals of the season and my deep conviction that as an institutionalised religion, Christianity has been a terrible disaster. I am an unabashed atheist on purely philosophical grounds. I think that there is no God and therefore that Christ cannot be his son, or indeed any other relative. But that is not the issue here. My point is that just as Christianity might be false as doctrine but useful and attractive as an institution,…

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