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Christianity &Islam &Rationals Thomas on 06 Jan 2010 12:17 am

Comparing two completely different world views – theism vs. atheism

For this comparison, here is the starting point (in the form of a comic):

An open letter to religious people; You are idiots and I hate you

Here are responses from two sides:

1) Atheist response

And:

2) Theist response

One of the responses:

The comic writer (?) poses some arguments as if the answers were self-evident and proved religion wrong, when some of the worlds greatest minds have wrestled with them. Despite the variety of beliefs – Kierkegaard, Levinas, Zizek, Vatissimo, Derrida, Girard, Dostoevsky, whoever – plenty of others have engaged with these questions in great depth, and are worth reading, even if you disagree.

It seems to me that the author has a superficial understanding of philosophy and religion, and a bad temper. His generalisations of what “religion” is about does not fit most religions, and does not even fit with many of the various Christian groups.

Clearly the author is trying to be patronising, but his arguments are so simplistic I find it hard to take seriously.

Who is right?

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