Well, for want of anything better to do last night I sat down and watched Channel 4's Make Me A Christian, which needless to say was reality TV at its finest. A few readers logged on to my previous post on this subject last night, leaving comments which mostly cover my views on the programme.
As I pointed out last week, as did some of the commenters, the pastor in charge of teaching the participants about Christianity, George Hargreaves, is at the somewhat extreme end of the religion. Naturally this came out in the programme, where he displayed a characteristic that serves to make people like myself uneasy about religion, namely the tendency to censor people's lives. One participant, a lapdancer, had a few books on witchcraft in her house so Hargreaves confiscated them on the grounds that she was flirting with demonic powers (and there was me thinking it was just a bit silly).
It was a pointless programme, which served to teach viewers little about Christianity expect that some of its more vocal adherents have failed to move on from the book burning of centuries past. But still, it was all worth it for the tattooed atheist biker's description of his education at a Christian school – "There was as much love as you'd get from Fred West at a patio party."