“Richard Dawkins, the evolutionary biologist and author of The God Delusion, has helped launch an atheist summer camp for children. Alongside the more traditional activities of tug-of-war, swimming and canoeing, children at the five-day camp in Somerset will learn about rational scepticism, moral philosophy, ethics and evolution.
Camp-goers aged eight to 17 will also be taught how to disprove phenomena such as crop circles and telepathy. In the Invisible Unicorn Challenge, any child who can prove that unicorns do not exist will win a £10 note - which features an image of Charles Darwin, the father of evolutionary theory - signed by Dawkins, Britain’s most prominent atheist.
Dawkins is not personally involved in Camp Quest, which originated in the United States, but helped subsidise the cost of the camp through his Richard Dawkins Foundation. The former Oxford professor said Camp Quest provided children with a summer camp that was “free of religious dogma”, unlike many adventure breaks which are run by the Scouts and faith-based groups. All 24 places at the camp, which runs from July 27 to 31, have already been filled and more camps are planned for next year, including Easter.
Camp Quest was founded in America in 1996 by Edwin Kagin, an atheist lawyer from Kentucky and the son of a church minister. The woman bringing the concept to Britain is a 23-year-old postgraduate psychology student from London, Samantha Stein, who was inspired to work at an atheist summer camp in America after reading The God Delusion.
Stein said the atheist adventure breaks were “not about changing what they think, but the way that they think. There is very little that attacks religion; we are not a rival to religious camps.”
For the first time since I have been introduced to Richard Dawkins, he has managed to do something that I actually disagree with, ableit loosely. I am not in agreement with the title ‘Atheist Summer Camp’: It rings far too similar to ‘Bible Camp’. I think ‘Nature Summer Camp’ would have been a little bit more appropriate, and this certainly wont bode well for how theists (or indeed, people in general) view the ‘Atheism is not a religion’ debate.
The heavens and the earth are completed and God rests on the seventh day, declaring it holy. The rest of the chapter goes back and recounts the details of creation. The Tree of Life and the Knowledge of Good and Evil are placed in the middle of the Garden. Adam is commanded…
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“Perhaps the good old fashioned family values of gibbons, and the pious hope that our evolutionary ancestors once shared them, should be drawn to the attention of the right-wing ‘moral majority,’ whose ignorant and single-minded opposition to the teaching of evolution endangers educational standards in several backwards North American States. Of course, to draw any moral would be to commit the ‘naturalistic fallacy’ but fallacies are what these people do best.”