How do I know these people? No arguments will be won and no theists will be convinced on the basis of such a comparison. The vagueness of this common ground gives much credence to the view that it is a product of our psychological makeup, not input from some special god sensor. My former mother-in-law succumbed to lung and breast, and brain, and liver cancer this morning. To claim that it is is infantile and a stumbling block to proper debate. Miller's lecture which was linked from this blog site around a year ago presented some of it. Powered by Movable Type 3.
Christopher Hitchens Pt. 1
I do not necessarily see any validity in an idea because many including very smart people take it serious. The Koran says that believers in the divinity of Jesus are hell-bound. I was sad for my mom, but not for my own loss. I suspect we will soon be assessing the legacy of Billy Graham -- his cultural impact and his popularist style of theology. You have at least one stylistic in common with him now, and I mean that as a compliment.
My Dinner with Hitch | The Comics Journal
You cannot be rational and believe in something for which there is no evidence and I think many theologians would agree, belief in god does not stem from rational argument, it stems from blind faith. The funniest and most vivid recollection, possibly because the weirdest and almost farcical and therefore unexpected, was a conversation about guns that included an exasperated cameo by Carol. The concept of an electric light bulb was far beyond them. She was very upset, understandably. Whatever the correct scientific description of the process turns out to be, it is just not possible to assert that a highly intelligent Mind and Personality was not responsible for getting the process going.
Hitchen's regarded the idea of a Judeo-Christian God as a "Celestial Dictatorship" that would be abhorrent if it were true. It is about time they were silenced! Nietzsche said something to the effect that we will not have got rid of God until we can get rid of grammar. Needless to say, there would be no Christmas trees or anything of the lke in such institutions. Wow, What an Asshole One of my New Year's resolutions for is to be even more boring and petty than normal.