I have great admiration for someone like Robert Winston. In this Guardian article he argues that Philip Roth is wrong to call religion's record 'miserable', find 'all religious people hideous' and hate 'religious lies'.
Anybody who has had the misfortune to read Blimpish's views would have sympathy for Roth's comments. Scratch the surface of religion and you find bigotry and fear lie beneath. That is why right-wingers are so comfortable with religion's simplistic definitions of good and evil.
Winston argues that our genetic pre-disposition towards religious belief has an evolutionary reason and therefore must mean it has been of overall benefit.
In the prehistoric past, religious belief may have played a part in our survival, but the advance of science and rationalism has exposed religion's failings and it is time for mankind to rise above this need for a supernatural crutch. Science and rationalism provide all the spiritual comfort and intellectual answers we need without the shortcomings of religion's irrationality.
I look forward to the debate tonight between Robert Winston and Richard Dawkins. The Story of God, 7pm, BBC1. Could be an interesting programme.