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Dalrymple’s latest column in the British Medical Journal (on Conversations on Religion with Lord Byron and Others, Held in Cephalonia, a Short Time Previous to His Lordship’s Death, by a British military doctor named James Kennedy) is even better than usual:

An earnest evangelical, Dr Kennedy sought to convert his lordship to Christianity, a thankless task. He did not see the irony of it….Byron raised all the objections to religion that Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens have raised more than a century and three quarters later: that religious people are not always good, that the doctrine is incoherent, and so on. Some questions are delightful because they can never be settled.

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