Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Simply brilliant ...

... Stanley Fish asks Is Religion Man-Made? (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

His answer? Sure it is.

"The criticism made by atheists that the existence of God cannot be demonstrated is no criticism at all; for a God whose existence could be demonstrated wouldn’t be a God; he would just be another object in the field of human vision."

I should note that Dawkins does indeed consider what Hamlet says to Horatio. He thinks it applies only to Horatio's philosophy - which demonstrates, I think, that, in addition to being a lousy philosopher, Dawkins is also a lousy literary critic. (Horatio is a philosophy student, Dick, not a philosopher himself. Hamlet is telling his friend not to place too much faith in the subject of the course he is taking.)

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