Methodist Church thanks Richard Dawkins for getting God onto London buses

· Dawkins thanked for encouraging a 'continued interest in God'

The British Methodist Church has welcomed news that Professor Richard Dawkins is to fund an advertising campaign on London buses despite its slogan 'There is probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life'.

Revd Jenny Ellis, Spirituality and Discipleship Officer, said; 'We are grateful to Richard for his continued interest in God and for encouraging people to think about these issues. This campaign will be a good thing if it gets people to engage with the deepest questions of life.'

Responding to Dawkins' comment that 'thinking is anathema to religion', Jenny said; 'As Christians, we respond to Jesus' call to love God with our minds as well as our hearts, souls and strength. Christianity is for people who aren't afraid to think about life and meaning. John Wesley, the founder of Methodism believed that no one should be saved from the trouble of thinking, because that is the path to understanding God.'

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