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A MASS-GOING ATHEIS

Novelist Simon Edge fell in love with an ex-priest who was then diagnosed with terminal cancer. Himself a non-believer, he reflects on the uplifting role that religion played in their tragic story
SIMON (RIGHT) AND EZIO IN THE GARDEN OF THEIR COTTAGE IN SUFFOLK

Not so long ago I was happy to define myself as a militant atheist. I hated the way churches had abused their power to oppose gay rights, and I scorned the idea that an all-powerful creator monitors our every thought while running a celestial rest home for all humanity. When I reviewed Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion, I was proud to see my endorsement on the paperback.

Then I met Ezio. He had been a personal trainer in Rome and in the autumn of 2011 was parcelling orders for a fetish retailer in Paddington. But for many years he had been a priest. He had two degrees in theology, having spent years in seminaries very similar to the location of my novel Th e Hopkins Conundrum, which I was working on when I met him.

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The latest issue of the newly relaunched Winq magazine features an exclusive interview with Sherlock star Andrew Scott on his electrifying Hamlet and exploring his own inner darkness. There are also interviews with arist Grayson Perry and motorsport’s only gay racing driver, Danny Watts. We travel to Thailand and Rotterdam, get the background on the horrific abuse in Chechnya and ask if the pink pound can advance equality around the developing world. Packed with insightful commentary from a newly expanded panel of columnists, Winq is the journal for gay men by Attitude.
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