I was one of those weird (and I think quite unusual) children who never even believed in Father Christmas, let alone in angels and archangels, nor in all the dreary company of heaven who taught me the meaning of Te Deum throughout my entire childhood and schooldays. I was naturally quite chuffed to be told that Father Christmas officially did not exist, as I had got there first. The vindication of a long-held world view by an erudite scholar is a great relief.
Could someone do some research to see if us “Brights” are in fact more intelligent than the gullibles? Are atheists useless in Darwinian terms because we would notionally be eaten by crocodiles as a result of disbelieving the grown-ups?