I apologise that readers have had to comment on the previous post in order to respond to my opinion piece in the National Times. I appreciate that they have taken the time to respond to the ideas presented by that article, whether they agree or disagree, both here and on Twitter.
I do acknowledge that opportunistic individuals have made SRI problematic. I do not endorse what they do. However, I stand by my point that there is nothing to fear from allowing young people to ask questions — regardless where their questions lead them. If they must question religion, then they should be allowed to question atheism as well. The principle I go by is authenticity, one that leads to a decent, meaningful life.
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