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Why are we still even discussing this? Gods are even less probable, than the Easter bunny, and no one seriously believes in her.
am 8. März 2015
Hitchens, of course, is right: god is not great. Made up, mythological fantasy stories and creature can be great, as proof of human creativity and for sheer entertainment value. Gods don't fall in that category, as less intellectually endowed Homo Not-Really-Sapiens tend to take them seriously - and then it gets really ugly.
This is what Hitchens describes in detail and at length in this book. What's truly sad is that there are still people out there, who need such a book to finally do away with their superstitions and free their minds to turn sapient. And even worse is the fact that there are so many who oppose it with harebrained non arguments and violent threats.
Religion and the belief in god(s) is, simply put, like an alternative brand of mathematics. While most sapient beings are very confident, that there is enough proof to support the hypothesis that 1+1=2, there remain legions of devout, who believe that 1+1 equals -20 or 7 or 5 or -6 or 99 or +/- infinity or 0 or any other absurd result, to be found in one or the other part of some scripture (claiming mutually exclusive results in the same book). Or worse, they believe in made up results proclaimed by some priest, imam, rabbi, shaman, prophet, or other exploitationist, who clearly has a distinct advantage if the gullible believe him (or occasianaly her).
I don't get, why something so absurd needs such an elaborate book to argue against it. Probably because religion conclusively proves one thing: there is no limit to human stupidity (or call it irrationality, when you care to be polite).