I’m not a great admirer of any of the established churches that exist in the Christian communion, certainly. But I’m very interested in theology. I think it’s a very interesting way of looking at the world, and I have a passionate hatred of what you might call evangelism — the belief that truth resides in a book which is revealed to you as truth.
“I don’t think we should suspend our intelligence and what we actually know about the world now to pretend that these bibles or korans or whatever were somehow given to man. They are part of the mythological journey that man has made in writing down things and telling stories and a lot of them are made up and ridiculous, and some of them contain laws and prescriptions that may once have been appropriate in the desert but certainly aren’t now. Like eating kosher food and so on, and tribal taboos which still exist in some cultures and don’t in others, about sleeping with people of your own gender, or not sleeping with them. But I’m damned if I’m going to have my life controlled by people who tell me that such things are `the ultimate truth’. I find that deeply, deeply personal and upsetting.