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Daily Archives: August 6, 2009
Francis Bacon (from his 1625 essay “Of Nature in Men”): Nature is often hidden, sometimes overcome, seldom extinguished. Force maketh nature more violent in the return. And this from Emerson’s “Self Reliance” (1841): Power is in nature the … Continue reading
That’s the percentage of Republican senators who voted today not to confirm Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. 77%. Think about that number. Out of 40 Republican senators, just nine defied their nativist Republican base voters to support the first … Continue reading
What, you say? Atheists, of all people, surely don’t have a problem with guilt. They can cuss, smoke, and masturbate to their hearts’ content, not feeling morally supervised by disapproving and invisible eyes. They can read any book they want. … Continue reading
There are definitely problems with the following argument, but it nevertheless seems (for a lot of people) a rather strong utilitarian reason for becoming an atheist: Guilt free sensual and intellectual indulgence. Most theistic religions are, to put it politely, … Continue reading
As an agnostic, I would offer the following as a pretty good reason not to believe that God exists, and for being an atheist (were I so inclined): If God exists, and if one of God’s chief purposes for creating the … Continue reading
As an agnostic, I would offer the following as a pretty good utilitarian reason for believing in God, and to not be an atheist (were one so inclined): For a lot of people, belief in God appears to reduce the fear of death, and it … Continue reading