Homework Assignment

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I have already bitched that my job is hell right now, so I will tell you about the other thing that is taking up my time.

Hitchens' work demonstrates more sheer intellectual horsepower than anything I've read since I completed my theory classes. He is also funny as hell - he refers to the Catholic priest sex scandal as "no child's behind left." Here is an excerpt: "Past and present religious atrocities have occurred not because we are evil, but because it is a fact of nature that the human species is, biologically, only partly rational. Evolution has meant that our prefrontal lobes are too small, our adrenal glands are too big, and out reproductive organs apparently designed by committee; a recipe which, alone or in combination, is very certain to lead to some unhappiness and disorder."

Everyone, believer or otherwise, should read this book. For the believer, it gives you a glimpse of why your faith is so unfathomable to nonbelievers. For nonbelievers, it gives a well-reasoned version of the atheist's argument without resorting to simply calling believers silly, brainwashed, illogical, and the like. For religion wonks like myself, it's just absolutely mandatory reading.

So this is your homework. For once, just do what the nice Pontiff tells you to do and read it.

7 comments:

Squid said...

...so since we live in the same house, I get to borrow it after you're done reading, right? :D

Flynn said...

ditto...

Mayren said...

Interesting. I shall check it out and review it for you - after i get through my current batch of 11 library books checked out yesterday. It should be just a couple weeks though.

His Sinfulness said...

To the roomies,

You'll have to wait for Fleur to finish it first...

Mayren,

I would love to hear your thoughts on this - read on!
:)

Anonymous said...

You can see an interview with the author from the Daily Show by going to Comedy Central’s webpage.

WNG said...

The nice pontiff????

His Sinfulness said...

I can be nice, if you're a good girl...
;)

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