RE: [asa] review of Hitchens' book by Michael Novak

From: Janice Matchett <>
Date: Fri May 18 2007 - 13:29:50 EDT

At 01:10 PM 5/18/2007, Alexanian, Moorad wrote:
>Janice, I believe this hate has the following source, "If the world
>hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you." John
>15:18. I believe it is that simple! ~ Moorad

@ I agree - it is just that simple.

Regarding the subject of atheists/atheism, it reminds me of an
earlier exchange I had on this list, to wit:

  At 01:19 PM 10/31/2006, Pim van Meurs wrote:

>It's remarkable how much inroad atheists are making. ~ Pim

@ Like me, Dr. Larsen would disagree with you that atheists are
making any more inroads than they have ever made. On Thu, 19 Oct
2006 - - here is
what I wrote to you (did you miss it?):

Dr. Timothy Larsen, professor of theology at Wheaton College in
Illinois, says any growth in interest in atheism is a reflection of
the strength of religion -- the former being a parasite that feeds
off the latter.

That happened late in the 19th century America when an era of intense
religious conviction gave rise to voices like famed agnostic Robert
Ingersoll, he said.

For Christianity, he said, "It's very important for people of faith
to realize how unsettling and threatening their posture and rhetoric
and practice can feel to others. ...."

>Seems to me that the evangelical right may have demoralized some of
>its followers? ~ Pim

@ Yeah ... "some of its followers" would no doubt be better off if
they listened to some of the ideas you promote, huh? :)



Progressive Morals

Subject: Re: [asa] An Evolutionary Theory of Right and Wrong

~ Janice

>From: on behalf of Janice Matchett
>Sent: Fri 5/18/2007 12:44 PM
>To: Bill Dozier; ASA
>Subject: Re: [asa] review of Hitchens' book by Michael Novak
>At 03:44 AM 5/18/2007, Bill Dozier wrote:
> Novak's review of God is Not Great (
> <> ) is worth
> reading. Here's the conclusion to entice you to go read it:
> Hitchens, in sum, sets for himself moral limits
> that in his view come from reason. And the standards Hitchens sets
> are normally quite high. Except when, contrary to the American
> founding, he is venting his bile against God, who, he says, does
> not exist. Still, even for believers Hitchens is useful. One can
> take the rake of his arguments to pull out dead grass in one's own
> sloppy thinking about God. .. -- Bill Dozier
>@ Speaking of Hitchens - here's my thread of yesterday:
>I posted the link to Novak's column there today. ~ Janice

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