There can be little that is more insulting to a belief system than to be a champion for its antithesis while claiming to be a product of its cultural charm.
In his debate with Rowan Williams, Richard Dawkins has restated that he is “a cultural Anglican”, implying that Anglicanism bears no relation to Christianity – which Dawkins hates – whatsoever. In Dawkins’ eyes and in the eyes of many others, to be Anglican is nothing more than to maintain a veneer of benign, doddering, civilising gentility over a society that openly ridicules what it once stood for.
Early in his address, Prof Dawkins made a provocative comparison between Christian and Islamic traditions, describing himself as a ”cultural Anglican”.
”I’m grateful, by the way, to be a cultural Anglican when you think of the competition,” he added.
”If I were a cultural Muslim, I would have something to say about that faith’s appalling attitude to women and various other moral points.”