figuring it out one day at a time
can't say that I have......
Oh yes! I am actually reading a number of Dawkins and Hitchens books. I haven't started that one yet, but am as soon as I finish the chick lit I am currently reading. When you read it, let's discuss!
I just wish there was an atheist in the world who could explain things without giving off a core energy that is so angry. I don't have sound at work, so I just watched a bit of the interview in silence, just to get a vibe, and he's angry. He's got this angry block to him. Bugs me. Can't we not believe and not be angry about it?Can't we not believe without being emotional defectives?
Everyone in my household has read the book but me. I don't feel the need to read it because I already believe its premise and have for years and just get very upset about it. Religious fanaticism is the cause of all evil in the world. It's going to destroy us, religious wars and skirmishes and fanatics believing only they are right. The scariest thing of all to me about religious fanatics is their delusion that they don't really die, and so nuclear weapons are no deterrant and are in fact a "viable" alternative. Thus "suicide bombers" and beyond.
I should also say I agree with prin about the anger and also want to add that that Hitchens is wrong about one thing: it's not just religious fanatics who are dangerous. It's all fanatics. Hitler wasn't religious, for example. He was anti-religious...just like Hitchens. I think it's interesting Hitchens self-consciously points out his Aryan blueeyed/blonde looks wherever he goes, as if apologizing, as if someone might accuse him of being antiSemitic, for example, which he is, but he's also anti-Catholic, anti-Muslim etc. I think the argument is more complicated than he presents it. But that's true of all popular, trendy books.
Now I am as curious as ever to read the book! Some people need to get angry to get the writing juices flowing, so to speak. It's up to the reader to absorb it rationally and then make up their own minds to endorse it or not.I think I'll quite like this reading!
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