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What atheists and Jehovah’s Witnesses have in common

I’m thinking that the next time a Jehovah’s Witness knocks on Sam Parnia’s door, he needs to invite him in. Now of course I myself have never done this, being a person who’s so theologically irascible I get irritated even … Continue reading

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Baby belief

My rigorous true-atheist friend asks whether I think Vivaldi would not have written sublime music if he didn’t believe in the sublime. I think he would have written sublime music, but not that music. I believe Vivaldi and Brahms and … Continue reading

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We can believe, but we can’t know

You do realize that atheism and agnosticism are orthogonal, right? That is, agnosticism is about what is knowable. The agnostic thinks that it is not knowable whether any gods exist. Atheism is about what is not believed. The atheist does … Continue reading

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I need to touch the wounds

Andrew Sullivan is an intelligent writer who is also a devout Christian. I have to admit I have a hard time putting those two characteristics together – my automatic prejudice is that if someone believes Jesus was actually God, they … Continue reading

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Why I’m agnostic and not an atheist

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The big A

It’s funny, when you think about it, that people mark graves with “emblems of belief.” Why are we here? What happens when we die? Just look at the graves, and you can figure out what all those dead people believed … Continue reading

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God and Einstein

Curtis has a problem with my word “decide,” and I’m trying to figure out why. Responding to my assertion that we don’t have the capacity to decide whether there’s a god or not, he wrote: The word “decide” has been … Continue reading

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