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Comment 28 by Schrodinger's Cat

Yes, I prefer the Dostoevsky 'trial of God' take on it. However I still think Hitchens has a problem with whatever 'objective reality' there might be to 'evil'.

His problem is no different from that of the theist's.

We can't put God on trial for crimes that in the very next breath we're agreeing with Sam Harris don't actually exist objectively.

Sam's solution is especially elegant as it avoids any essentialist conceptions of evil like guilt or sin, instead basing it on objective facts about subjective experience.

There doesn't seem to be a coherent atheist position on whether 'evil' is actually real........and Dostoevsky does cite some pretty damned objective examples.

It is as real as our experiences are, how much more real can it be?

Fri, 22 Jul 2011 18:03:30 UTC | #852747