Book Reading, ‘The God Delusion’ by Richard Dawkins.
Institute of Education, London, 9 October 2006
Last week my partner Marion and I attended this reading organised by FoyleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s at the Institute of Education in Bloomsbury. The Logan Hall seats almost a thousand and the venue was sold out, with many disappointed non-ticket holders turned away.
The event followed a format that Dawkins has used before. He and Lalla Ward, his wife, take turns to read out sections of the book, and after three quarters of an hour or so Lalla leaves the podium and Professor Dawkins invites questions. They are a good Ã¢â‚¬Ëœdouble-actÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ and the rhythm and juxtaposition of the selected text strongly reinforces the Dawkinian message.
We were both surprised when Mr Foyle, who introduced the evening, asked those sitting in the auditorium to declare their attitude to God. However, it was interesting to note that from this initial show of hands there were very few believers or agnostics in the audience. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d guess 90% voted Ã¢â‚¬Ëœdefinitely no GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ so this really was a case of preaching to the converted. If you feel such an evangelical phrase inappropriate here, Dawkins has said he wants his book to persuade wavering creationists to abandon Ã¢â‚¬ËœThe AlmightyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢!