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Starman
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Sweden
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Posted - 11/20/2006 :  03:20:09  Show Profile Send Starman a Private Message
I'm an atheist, BUT . . . , by Richard Dawkins
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Of all the questions I fielded during the course of my recent book tour, the only ones that really depressed me were those that began "I'm an atheist, BUT . . ." What follows such an opening is nearly always unhelpful, nihilistic or worse suffused with a sort of exultant negativity.
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I've noticed five variants of I'm-an-atheist-buttery, and I'll list them in turn, in the hope that others will recognize them, be armed against them, and perhaps extend the list by contributing examples from their own experience.

"Any religion that makes a form of torture into an icon that they worship seems to me a pretty sick sort of religion quite honestly"
-- Terry Jones

HalfMooner
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Philippines
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Posted - 11/20/2006 :  03:49:48   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send HalfMooner a Private Message
Good stuff from Dawkins, thanks, Starman! There ain't no "buts" about it.




Biology is just physics that has begun to smell bad.” —HalfMooner
Here's a link to Moonscape News, and one to its Archive.
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Gorgo
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Posted - 11/20/2006 :  04:05:58   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Gorgo a Private Message
Outstanding article, thanks. Atheism, or probably more proper to use a term like materialism, is a positive thing. It says that life is a good idea, or at least an idea that we have to deal with. It is supernaturalism, which hates reality, that is the negative force.

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Book critics or theatre critics can be derisively negative and earn delighted praise for the trenchant wit of their review. A politician may attack an opponent scathingly across the floor of the House and earn plaudits for his robust pugnacity. But let a critic of religion employ a fraction of the same direct forthrightness, and polite society will purse its lips and shake its head: even secular polite society, and especially that part of secular society that loves to announce, "I'm an atheist, BUT . .

I know the rent is in arrears
The dog has not been fed in years
It's even worse than it appears
But it's alright-
Jerry Garcia
Robert Hunter



Edited by - Gorgo on 11/20/2006 04:07:55
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