Sunday, February 7, 2010

50 blogs on disbelief - Bollywood

50 Blogs on Disbelief
My thoughts on the book, 50 Voices of Disbelief, Why We Are Athiests, edited by Russell Blackford and Udo Schuklenk. Written as I read them in no particular order. The page number of the essay is provided at the top of each entry.
p. 263 Prabir Ghosh – Why I Am NOT a Theist

Prabir Ghosh talks of what he calls his “crusade against blind faith.” The essay is interesting for its insight into the culture of India. He tells the story of some clay idols of Lord Ganesha (a popular Hindu god, the one that looks like an elephant) appearing to drink the milk that is offered to them.

He selects four common arguments in favor of theism and how he has tackled them. I did not find the discussion edifying. In the first one, he compares the feeling of being loved by God to a boy’s experience of feeling that a Bollywood star loved him. The boy was taken to a psychiatrist. I see no value to this comparison.

The other three are variations on “you can’t prove God doesn’t exist”. Most of the other essays are way beyond this level of discussion.

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