Monday, November 13, 2006

Gary Wolf on Atheism

Here's an interesting article from Wired in which Gary Wolf pursues the idea of being a militant atheist, including interviews with Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Daniel Dennett.

My favorite line:

"... there are certain actors in history who change the world by staging their own defeat."

2 comments:

Matt Grant said...

I actually misread the title of this post at first and thought is said GRAY Wolf on Atheism.

I've actually been thinking about atheism a lot lately. It seems like the believers fear the immorality, or at least amorality, of a godless universe. By contrast, I see the emergent world, freed from god, as hopelessly miraculous. I much prefer the suprisingly joyful world without a god than the stunningly horrific one he created.

Andrew Shields said...

This reminds me of that old Bloom County cartoon where Opus says something along the lines of this: "If we were to consider how many things had to happen over billions of years each of us to exist at any given moment, we would be continuously astonished all the time."

Which also sounds like Arendt on Heidegger, from her essay on him in the correspondence that I translated:

'Once, entirely in agreement with Plato, Heidegger talks about the "ability to be astonished by the simple," but, unlike Plato, he adds: "and to adopt such astonishment as one's residence ."'