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Paul Johnson


Paul Bede Johnson is an English Roman Catholic journalist, historian, speechwriter and author. He was educated at the Jesuit independent school Stonyhurst College, and at Magdalen College, Oxford. Johnson first came to prominence in the 1950s as a journalist writing for, and later editing, the New Statesman magazine. A prolific writer, he has written over 40 books and contributed to numerous magazines and newspapers.

Paul Johnson's Opinions

Intellectual fashions come and go. The current one is militant atheism. Waves of atheism have swept the West before. ... My parents were profoundly religious Catholics, who brought me up to share their beliefs. I was educated first by nuns, then by the Jesuits. I have always attended church regularly and said my prayers daily. I'm not sure the human race would survive a prolonged bout of atheism.
08 Oct 2007    Source

More people were killed by totalitarian states (all atheistic) in the 20th century than in all previous periods of history. ... It's hard for most of us to face such a fearful world without some kind of faith to sustain us, without a traditional formula through which to express our longings for peace and safety. I believe that religion is a central part of our civilization. But even more than that, I believe religious faith to be an indispensable element to our peace of mind [and] happiness...
10 Oct 2007    Source

Comparisons with Other Experts and Influencers

The similarity between Paul Johnson and each expert and influencer is calculated by looking at how the same questions were answered. These figures are used to calculate conforming, nonconforming, and projected opinions. The accuracy of the analysis depends on Paul Johnson's coverage, which grows with the number of their opinions entered into TakeOnIt.

Daniel Dennett
Philosophy Professor
100% agreement / 1 opinions

Napoleon Bonaparte
Emperor of France
100% agreement / 1 opinions

Andrew Newberg
Professor of Medicine, Psychiatry & Religion
100% agreement / 1 opinions

Robin Hanson
Economics Professor
100% agreement / 1 opinions

Bruce Sheiman
Author, Atheist
100% agreement / 1 opinions

Mostly Agree
Albert Einstein
Physicist, Icon of the 20th Century
75% agreement / 1 opinions

Mostly Disagree
Bill Maher
Political T.V. Host, Comedian
0% agreement / 2 opinions

Bertrand Russell
Iconic Philosopher of 20th Century
0% agreement / 1 opinions

Friedrich Nietzsche
Iconic Philosopher of 19th Century
0% agreement / 1 opinions

Steven Weinberg
Nobel Laureate in Physics
0% agreement / 1 opinions

Steven Pinker
Psychology Professor
0% agreement / 1 opinions

Elton John
Musician, Pop Icon
0% agreement / 1 opinions

Conforming Opinions

Paul Johnson's conforming opinions are opinions that align with the group of experts and influencers Paul Johnson typically agrees with.

Coverage Answer Question
Medium Agree Does religion encourage good behavior?
Low Disagree Would the world be better off without the Catholic Church?

Projected Opinions

Paul Johnson's projected opinions are opinions Paul Johnson is expected to have if their opinions align with the experts and influencers that they typically agree with.

Coverage Answer Question
Medium Neutral Should atheists directly challenge religious beliefs?
Low Agree Could a computer ever be conscious?
Low Disagree Do Gödellian arguments refute a computational model of the mind?
Low Neutral Is it plausible that we're living in a simulation?