AC Grayling's latest attack on faith is smug People are still debating whether or not Life of Pi, book or film, can make you believe in God.
The novel didn have that effect on me. A C Grayling book came much closer: his for humanism made me begin to long for faith. Or at least to long for a longing for it. The book is really two books, or a brace of pamphlets, the first of which sets out to demolish any faith you might have had. It is written in the style of a don seeking to be accessible and sometimes forgetting himself, so that there are sentences such as: any such do not mean by what has been painstakingly identified in the foregoing, then that closes the conversation It worth saying that his definition of isn that painstaking, and by the end of the book, humanism means ray ban for women pretty much what he wants it to mean: lots of sensible people thinking and doing good things. There is one joke that works, although maybe it isn a joke. Here it is: said that the existence of a deity can be neither proved nor disproved (here he was mistaken; see above) You had to be there. This is on page 99, at which point he spent a while seeking to disprove that god exists (no capital g for Him). What he really offers are rebuttals of those who have sought to prove that there is a God. Before that, he devoted some time to making those who entertain a faith seem as silly as possible. When he comes to quoting a philosopher of faith, Alvin Plantinga, who accuses the New Atheists of ridicule and burlesque you can see that Plantinga has a point. Pity the fool. However bracing the philosophy is, and however grateful the reader might be for the distillations of Kant smart arguments against Descartes and St Anselm, there is something smug, or glib, or at best convenient, about his characterisations of religious people: religious people do not, of course, subscribe to their religion because of arguments in favour of it in the ray ban store great majority of ray ban rb3445 cases, people belong to their religion because it is the religion of their parents anecdotal evidence suggests that late conversion more often than not does not Certainly it would ray ban shop online be inconvenient for his argument if too many intelligent people, with the kind of values he ascribes to his fellow humanists, went on choosing their beliefs using any sort of reason, judgment or fine feeling; hence the course (The evidence bit is rich, too; later he dismisses evidence of near death experiences as If those arguments assume too much, wait until you come to the pro humanism part. Humanists, you see, are not proselytising sorts (though readers of The God Argument might doubt that). They make decisions based on careful thought about the needs of others, and society. Oh, do they? He prizes the separation of church and state, and brings himself to say there is a need to allow other religions to exist. secular dispensation provides just such a setting, he says, without appearing to notice the secular European democracies that outlaw burkas and minarets. The chapter entitled Humanist on Love, Sex and Drugs is a complete ramble, and includes a skirt around the issue of whether men are more promiscuous than women, as seems to suggest perhaps unluckily for more trenchant feminist views. Suddenly Humanist elides with Loaded. What most lamentable about this book is not the quirks of tone, the infelicities of emphasis or the inconsistency, indeed occasional lack, of method.
It the faade of appreciating how believers have created great art, without recognising the imaginative process behind it, and indeed behind faith. St Anselm arguments for God, along with Descartes are more revealing about the capacity of the human mind than they are about God, and deserve celebrating for that. And when Grayling booms, much better is a world for being a world of volunteers, not slaves! it doesn suit him to reflect that this is just what Milton thought.
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