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Chapter Fourteen and Epilogue - An Atheist Reads The Reason for God 
Friday, February 28th, 2014 | 07:20 am (UTC) - an atheist reads the reason for god:chapter fourteen and epilogue
corey donaldson the freethinker from lethbridge alberta,canada says thank you very much steve for reading those christian apologetic books because if i tried to read one myself i would have a hard to keep from throwing up due to bullshit and your description of god as this selfish entity who hungers for constant praise and then has a hissy fit when something doesn't go his way make me glad that i'm an atheist.
Sunday, March 2nd, 2014 | 03:26 pm (UTC) - Another great series!
Yeah, see, sometimes it pays to do a William S Burroughs reading, and skip right to that ending... the references just weren't there.

The only arguments I entertain that are psuedo-apologetic, are the skeptic and agnostic arguments... those are the most tempting, but even then, the claims are not testable and are a stretch... Arthur C Clarke did say, a deity would be virtually indistinguishable from really sophisticated technology...

There are broader implications to Chapter 14 and the Post Script, such as the relationship between church and state in an age of privatisation/neoliberalism, where the shifting of the locus of public good and responsibility/progress is occurring from the public to the private (the select groups of the private sector).
Keller is overtly saying "conform to this standard, if you want access to a better quality of life". Its not the distribution of resources that are the problem; its the 'peter pays for paul'/'scapegoating'/'gossiping'/'crazy wisdom' problems that go along with that community.
And any alternative opinions are defeated by "God doesn't seek you, you must seek God'/"Spare the Rod, spoil the..." and so on --- proverbial wisdom/"common sense" truisms.

I just get to the end of this book and think: where were the etymologies? What, if anything, was defined or scoped in this book? Where was the argument? Where was the case, where was the reason?

Great work, and I hope Steven Pinker's "Better Angels of our nature" is next on the review/reading list!
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