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Munger's Avatar Jump to comment 25 by Munger

The problem is that by "denying" the holy spirit, you are announcing that you believe there is something to deny. Either that, or you are simply trying to convert someone to your own "faith".

But science and skepticism isn't faith. It's quite the opposite, and by playing this game, they're playing on religion's terms. Religion cannot hold up against scientific honesty. And science cannot compete against religion's powers of denial.

The argument MUST remain rational. Atheists should not come across as intolerant and "against" religion in general (or one religion specifically) because that's not what this is about.

Dawkins gets unfairly labeled as intolerant, but in this case, the Rational Response Squad, if not technically intolerant, are certainly seeking a head-on conflict where none is needed. People don't need to deny the holy spirit. They need to deny blind faith and ridiculous superstitious reasoning. The atheism movement of Dawkins is not one of anti-Christianity (or anti-Judiasm or anti-Wiccan). It is against all these things. Placing too much emphasis on one form of magical, logic-defying worldview means ignoring all the others.

This is not a battle waged on one front, and it should never be treated like it. And this is not a contest of equals, and science need not lower itself to childish oaths and pledges to get the job done.

Fri, 15 Dec 2006 22:40:00 UTC | #11304