From the New Testament reading at evening prayer:
Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen the Lord.’ But he said to them, ‘Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.’
(John’s Gospel, chapter 20, verses 24-25, NRSV)
Thomas asks for evidence, and quite right too. Is he rebuked for this? No.
Richard Dawkins repeatedly misconstrues this story, saying that Thomas is portrayed in a bad light for doubting, and that religious faith is ‘blind’, based on no evidence, or even contrary to evidence.
Dawkins is wrong – wrong about this story and wrong about the nature of faith.
This window is in All Saints’ church, Barrington, Cambridgeshire.