Monday, December 29, 2008

God -- philosophers weigh in

Got your feet up? Wearing your new casual pants? Eggnog.

The week between Christmas and New Year’s is designed to be slow. Each of us needs a chance to reflect and re-charge. It’s been a hard year.

Let’s take a break from politics. Too much bile.

Instead, let’s talk religion. Choirs of angels, miracles and spires.

Whoa, you say. An intellectual discussion about religion can be just as volatile as talking politics. And skeptics among you might label “intellectual discussion about religion” as an oxymoron.

Regardless, I find comfort in the philosophers.

And that’s where we shall jump-start this topic by turning to the January/February issue of the BostonReview wherein the writer proclaims:

“God has had a lot of bad press recently. The four horsemen of atheism, Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens, have all published books sharply critical of belief in God: respectively, The God Delusion, Breaking the Spell, The End of Faith, and God Is Not Great. Dawkins, Harris, and Hitchens pile on the greatest amount of scorn, while Dennett takes the role of good cop. But despite differences of tone and detail, they all agree that belief in God is a kind of superstition. As Harris puts it, religion “is the denial—at once full of hope and full of fear—of the vastitude of human ignorance.”

The author fairly roils about dragons, martinis, blue marbles and more…

(click here and get back to me later)


Max Fischer said...

interesting. As somebody that subscribes to his Christian faith on a steady basis, I always say that my religious belief is just an ultimate faith in the highest of illogical measures. Honestly, it's what I cling to because it gives me comfort in the thought of death and dying. As for living, religion provides its ample frustrations. After all, I'm Catholic. Shame and guilt are my cross to bear during my time on earth!

The South Plainsman said...

Religion is far more dangerous than politics.

I am a Christian. There are many who are not that are fine people.

Any discussion of this brings to my mind the words to a country song: "If you don't believe in something, you will fall for anything."

Perhaps that is why some many atheists are liberals, and vice-versa. LOL

Max Fischer said...

Liberals fall in love and conservatives fall in line. The spell of religion is tailor made for conservatives.

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