I didn’t use to think much about atheism; it didn’t bother me. But lately it is – the fact that intelligent people can come to such an opposite conclusion about the nature of the universe to me. Perhaps it’s because I have a number of friends, former believers, who have become atheists that it is starting to cut.
But in terms of PM Julia Gilliard reiterating that she is an atheist, I have to say I would MUCH rather that than have a ‘born again’ president like George W. Bush who brings the way of Christ into disrepute. (I am ideologically a long way from conservative Catholic opposition leader Tony Abbott, but there’s something about his faith which rings truer than Bush, Howard, Blair. I don’t even know what I mean by that, but I don’t think he’s a phony, even if he’s dangerous and has the wrong priorities in my judgment.)