There's a certain slightly unpleasant crowing from some of those of faith in reaction to the claimed public humiliation of both Richard Dawkins and Trevor Phillips last week. They'd be better off saving their words, for militant atheists such as Dawkins when given free and unfettered rein do more good for faith than damage. As Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, said to the Consistory last week;
"... even a person who brags about being secular and is dismissive of religion, has within an undeniable spark of interest in the beyond, and recognizes that humanity and creation is a dismal riddle without the concept of some kind of creator.Like a secretly gay footballer foremost in the public vilification of homosexuals, Dawkins affirms his own thirst for something transcendent in his life with every word he utters.
A movie popular at home now is The Way, starring a popular actor, Martin Sheen. Perhaps you have seen it. He plays a grieving father whose estranged son dies while walking the Camino di Santiago di Campostella in Spain. The father decides, in his grief, to complete the pilgrimage in place of his dead son. He is an icon of a secular man: self-satisfied, dismissive of God and religion, calling himself a “former Catholic,” cynical about faith . . . but yet unable to deny within him an irrepressible interest in the transcendent, a thirst for something -- no, Someone -- more, which grows on the way."