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Some readers see you as very evangelical in your atheism. Do you feel it a duty, just as some Christians might to share the word of God, to spread an atheist point of view?Duty is a funny word. But when you say evangelical, I like to think that I don’t shout or shriek, but employ a quiet,Michael Kors jacket women sober voice of reason. And reason is on our side.You’ve talked about feeling uncomfortable with the impact of religion on children. In fact, one reader asked whether you would prefer to see no under-18s at church. What’s your take?I certainly wouldn’t wish to prohibit parents influencing their children. However, for the rest of the world, to label a child a Catholic child simply because its parents are Catholic, seems to me to be a form of child abuse. The child is too young to know.

You can see the absurdity of talking about a Catholic child of four when you think what it would be like if we talked about an existentialist child of four, or a logical positivist of four. In other words, we wouldn’t accept the labeling of a child based the parents’ belief,Michael Kors jacket women so why do we accept it when it’s religion? Why does religion get a free pass when it comes to labeling children in this way?Would the world be more peaceful if women were in charge? A challenging new book by the Harvard University psychologist Steven Pinker says that the answer is “yes.”In The Better Angels of Our Nature, Pinker presents data showing that human violence, while still very much with us today, has been gradually declining.

Moreover, he says, “over the long sweep of history, women have been and will be a pacifying force.Michael Kors jacket women Traditional war is a man’s game: tribal women never band together to raid neighboring villages.” As mothers, women have evolutionary incentives to maintain peaceful conditions in which to nurture their offspring and ensure that their genes survive into the next generation.Skeptics immediately reply that women have not made war simply because they have rarely been in power. If they were empowered as leaders, the conditions of an anarchic world would force them to make the same bellicose decisions that men do.