You simply can’t escape the clammy embrace of the Church of England!
Professor Stephen Hawking was a famous and professed atheist – perhaps the most distinguished atheist of his generation. One, indeed, who made Richard Dawkins look cheap and inconsequential…and yet. The CofE got its paws on him in the end.
Dr John Hall, the Dean of Westminster (attired at suitable expense by Watts & Co), was there to oversee the burial of the great man’s ashes, and to commend him to a God whose existence he denied and in whom he placed no faith.
It was, all in all, a very Church of England occasion.