He is not a fan of any religion. Heaven, hell, God, gods …. all rubbish as far as he is concerned, but necessary to understand history and literature.
“I don’t think religious education should be abolished,” he said,
“I think that 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, if you look up the Oxford English Dictionary you find something like the same number of quotations from the Bible as from Shakespeare.
“It’s an important part of our history. So much of European history is dominated by disputes against rival religions and you can’t understand history unless you know about the history of the Christian religion and the Crusades and so on.”