Peter Thiel evidently has many strings to his bow. The PayPal and Palantir co-founder recently made the intellectual case for Christianity at a religious event in San Francisco, arguing that belief can protect one from status games and other distractions.

“The First Commandment is: you should worship God. The Tenth Commandment is: you should not covet the things that belong to your neighbour,” he said. “In some ways, the First Commandment is to look up, and the Tenth Commandment is you do not look around. And if you’re too much focused horizontally on all the people around you, that’s sort of the bad version you get caught up in.”

Thiel lauded the “progressive” nature of the religion, wherein “there’s some kind of a progressive, gradual character to the revelation itself that happens through history”. Does a debate with Richard Dawkins beckon?