Sunday, November 21, 2010

Three thoughts

The recent debate between Hitchens and Dembski was really awesome. It seems to me that Hitchens made a very good case and at the same time left his opponent in bad shape.

Among all the things Hitchens said, I liked three statements in particular. The first, Hitchens said that to believe in a god that created us

[...] you have to consider yourself created incurably sick and then ordered on pain of death and eternal torture to be well.

That is a good and very succinct way to state the paradoxical claims of religion. Then the second one:

Man did not create god. Men and women created many, many, many gods and always have since the dawn of our history and still do. And one of those gods may be true out of all of them, [...] or all of them can be false or all of them can be true. And the overwhelming probability, it seems to me, [is] that all of them are false, and for the same reason; they are made up by creatures half a cromosome away from being chimpanzees and I'm afraid to say, it shows.

And third, which was his very closing statement:

Take the risk of thinking for yourself, much more happiness, truth, beauty and wisdom will come to you that way.
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