05/06/2014 08:26 BST | Updated 05/06/2014 08:59 BST

Richard Dawkins Books ‘Are Harmful To Adults' Say Fairytale Authors

OXFORD, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 24: Richard Dawkins Author and evolutionary biologist, poses for a portrait at the Oxford Literary Festival, in Christ Church, on March 24, 2010 in Oxford, England. (Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images)

Reading books by Richard Dawkins is harmful to adults, say the authors of fairytales.

“Is it a good thing to be fostering a spirit of scepticism?" one told us. "Or should we go along with occasional magical fantasies that, frankly, do us no harm and make life more bearable?"

“I think it's rather pernicious to inculcate into young adults a view of the world which includes dismissiveness of religion and spirituality," said one author. "They get enough of that anyway, especially on Twitter."

"I stopped believing in Richard Dawkins at the age of 28 or 29," admitted another. "I used to believe everything I read, but then I grew up. I put away childish things - like getting angry about religious people."