Send your kids to Atheist Camp

According to the Telegraph (U.K.), Richard Dawkins is going to establish an atheist summer camp:

The evolutionary biologist and author of The God Delusion, who stepped down from his post at Oxford University last year, has subsidised the five-day camp in Somerset.

Camp-goers will be given lessons in rational scepticism, as well as sessions in moral philosophy and evolutionary biology.

There will be more familiar camp activities such as trekking, tug-of-war, canoeing and swimming but children will also be taught to disprove phenomena such as crop circles and telepathy.

The retreat is for children aged eight to 17 and will rival traditional faith-based breaks run by the Scouts and church groups. It will teach that religious belief and doctrines can prevent ethical and moral behaviour.

The camp is part of a campaign, backed by Dawkins and Professor AC Grayling, the philosopher and writer, designed to challenge Christian societies, collective worship and religious education.

Read the rest here.

Honestly, how many eight year olds do you know that would want to spend time in learning rational skepticism, moral philosophy, and disproving crop circles?

Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

5 thoughts on “Send your kids to Atheist Camp

  1. Wow, that sounds like loads of fun! Whoo-hoo!
    I can imagine it now, lots of little kids saying, “Hey, Mom, can I go study skepticism at camp this summer?”
    This does give us another insight into Dawkins’ personality … apparently, he lacks one.

  2. Wickle, I am not sure if Dawkins exist really. I mean, I have heard people talk about him, and read some of his book, but will he provide me a place to go, or my children? Sounds a little hokey to me. I’m a Dawostic.

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