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I believe that man is religious by nature and that religion is so pervasive that the very act of refusing to believe in a superior or supreme being may be considered a religion itself; i.e., the religion of "no god(s).

That's a rather unlikely point of view, given that secular Western cultures get by just fine without assuming that historical narratives about supreme beings are in any way associated with reality.

"What does this have to do with anything?" is a reasonable question to ask people who try to persuade you that their own personal mythopoetic religious personification is the only one that matters.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sun Aug 27th, 2006 at 08:17:08 AM EST
"What does this have to do with anything?" Nothing much, mostly just getting attention. Blogger mankind, I think, is drawn to  controversy and religion is one of the most controversial subjects. However, the point to take from the statement, if there is one, is that religion is a powerful force and shouldn't be trivialized. I wouldn't mind a discussion on the topic in the future, as I stated. In the US there is an unwritten law - don't mix religion with anything. Similar to don't criticize race or ethnicity.  Both issues are taboos. The article itself is fairly bland, unless considered in a particular light.  For me it was interesting because I have always admired Graham, not so much for his achievements, but his unwavering core beliefs and moral character. And, again, not necessarily the message, but the constancy.  

I can swear there ain't no heaven but I pray there ain't no hell. _ Blood Sweat & Tears
by Gringo (stargazing camel at aoldotcom) on Sun Aug 27th, 2006 at 10:40:19 AM EST
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