Waldensian Review No. 122 Summer 2013 - Page 13

For all that, it was the amazing number of different activities going on every week at Wesley’s Chapel that caught my attention most when I first arrived. The Boys’ Brigade, the theological meetings and all sorts of events kept me and keep me constantly spoilt for choice. This year, I also had the opportunity to attend a special service organised for the ordination of Methodist ministers and I found it very interesting. I am thus very excited about having spent two summers at Wesley’s Chapel surrounded by all my Methodist friends. London is surely the perfect city to be in. The only problem is to choose where to go and what to do because, as Samuel Johnson once said, ‘When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life’. Jean David Eynard Book review The Mystery of the Last Supper: Reconstructing the Final Days of Jesus. Cambridge University Press. 244pp., 2011. By Sir Colin Humphreys, guest speaker at the 2012 AWAYDAY (pictured) Oxford University, ‘the home of lost causes’, created the Professorship for the Public Understanding of Science specifically for Richard Dawkins because his original research does not really merit an academic Professorship. So deluded with the world – and it appears also God – is the now ex-Professor that he is quite happy to remain in ignorance of other disciplines in the Socratic quest for understanding and enlightenment. Dawkins writes in The God Delusion that ‘The only difference between The Da Vinci Code and the gospels is that the gospels are ancient fiction while The Da Vinci Code is modern fiction. What I, as a scientist believe (for example, evolution), I believe not because of reading a holy book, but because I have studied the evidence.’ There are multiple ‘howlers’ in this assertion, not to mention anachronisms and woolly-mindedness, which mean that not only has Dawkins not ‘studied’ the ‘evidence’, but he has no knowledge of the multidisciplinary methodologies other academics use to seek elucidation in such questions. Most might leave Professor Emeritus Dawkins to his delusions of monodisciplinary omniscience. However, we are fortunate at Cambridge University to have Sir Colin J. Humphreys, whose day job is to be Professor and Director of Research at the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, but whose private passion is the use of astrophysics, astronomy, archaeology and textual 11