Re: [asa] Dawkins, religion, and children

From: Janice Matchett <>
Date: Tue May 01 2007 - 11:14:56 EDT

At 10:25 AM 5/1/2007, David Opderbeck wrote:

>Whenever anyone -- even an atheist -- says anything, he is
>presupposing a universe in which a thing called "truth" may be
>encoded and passed from mind to mind through a medium called
>language. These are huge presuppositions, and only serve to
>re-emphasize the crudity of the atheist mind. Unless an atheist is
>an abject nihilist, then he doesn't have the courage of his absence
>of convictions. ~ Janice

>Not to defend atheists, but is this really a fair
>characterization? I'm not so sure. Many atheists are
>pragmatists. They don't presume that they necessarily have access
>to universal truth or that their atheism is true in an "absolute"
>sense. They simply argue that, given what the human mind is capable
>of knowing, and given the limits of human language, atheism is the
>only epistemically justifiable alternative..."

@ Francis Collins: "I would argue that atheism is the least rational
of all choices because that assumes that you know enough to assume
the possibility of God [in the first place]"

~ Janice ... More:

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