Comedian Ricky Gervais has engaged in a debate about theology with the Archbishop of Canterbury – confessing at the end that he might have “blown his image” by taking life seriously.
Gervais is more concerned that religious indoctrination is a form of brainwashing, and he has an interesting reason for thinking this.
“Because I believe in evolution, I believe that a child’s brain is a sponge, and it is meant to be because it believes everything it is taught because it has to to survive … “I think if the first thing you are exposed to is that there is a God and you should do these things, I think there is a problem with that. For example, if your kids at the age of seven came to you and said ‘there isn’t a Santa is there?’ you would say ‘no there isn’t’ would you?”
The debate was with Dr Rowan Williams, who’s major counter argument was that belief in Santa is not as important as belief in God. Whatever.