Thursday, April 22, 2010

50 blogs on disbelief - Antinomies

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. 196 Jack Dann “Antinomies”

This is a short, beautifully written essay, addressed to the elusive spirit that he never found. He attended synagogue with his father and travelled a few other paths including some mystical experiences in sweat lodges. He includes an existential moment in an old house, walking through its many rooms. In the end he sees an old man in the mirror, and that’s all.

He still hopes that education, technology and science will “help us conquer the beast and evolve into more rational beings.” But then supposes that too is a prayer. His appreciation for religious systems is the highest regard I have read yet in these 50 essays. He is just not willing to make the leap of faith. He is well traveled and appreciative of this world, I think he’ll do just fine without it.


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