Evolutionary biologist and celebrated atheist Richard Dawkins believes religious education should remain on the school curriculum, as it would be virtually impossible to study English literature without knowing the background of Christianity.

“It is an important part of our culture to know about the Bible after all so much of English literature has allusions to the Bible,” he says. “If you look up the Oxford English Dictionary you find something like the same number of quotations from the Bible as from Shakespeare.”

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