Breaking the spell of religion is a game that many people can play.
The best player of this game that I ever knew was Professor G.H.
Hardy, a world-famous mathematician who happened to be a passionate
atheist. There are two kinds of atheists, ordinary atheists who do not
believe in God and passionate atheists who consider God to be their
personal enemy. When I was a junior fellow at Trinity College,
Cambridge, Hardy was my mentor. As a junior fellow I enjoyed the
privilege of dining at the high table with the old and famous. During
my tenure, Professor Simpson, one of the old and famous fellows, died.
Simpson had a strong sentimental attachment to the college and was a
religious believer. He left instructions that he should be cremated
and his ashes should be scattered on the bowling green in the fellows'
garden where he loved to walk and meditate. A few days after he died,
a solemn funeral service was held for him in the college chapel. His
many years of faithful service to the college and his exemplary role
as a Christian scholar and teacher were duly celebrated.