A truth universally acknowledged

A Truth Universally AcknowledgedShe minded her p’s more than her q’s, Jane Austen,A piercing pen, pride, prejudice, polished irony,A perfect punctuated life, politeness, puntiliousnessNo awkward questions or quibbles about the universeJust Mr Bennett was cynical, D’Arcy a snobAnd poor...

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Summary of Beyond the God Delusion

How could you not admire Richard Dawkins for his wonderful writing, his enthusiasm for science and even more his courage, his determination and his unwavering pursuit of truth? The publication of The God Delusion was a great event.  It...

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It’s not the economy stupid…

It isn’t the economy stupid, or the strategic  position of the western powers in the Middle East, or even how to respond  to the terrible attacks in Paris on Friday, it is our refusal to quit oil and our...

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Hell is such an embarrassment for watery religious liberals

In chapter 4 of his book The God Argument, ‘An Axe to the Root’, A.C. Grayling rebuts the charge that you cannot condemn something without first investigating it thoroughly, especially in the case of religion, which, being so complex and varied...

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The whole point about religious belief is it might be wrong

 The whole point about religious belief is that it might be wrong.  If it were certainly true you wouldn’t believe you would know.  I believe because my belief might well be the complete nonsense that atheists say it is....

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The mythical origins of patriarchal societies

Although less well known than Girard’s theory of scapegoating, the great classical scholar  Walter Burkert’s ideas about the origins of human societies in sacrifice offer us a fascinating complement to it.  The  Greeks were obsessed with sacrifice.  They offered...

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If not the death of beauty a horrible wound…

 The Chapman Brothers’ hideous mannequins, Hirst’s dead shark and mother and calf chopped in half, Tracey Emin’s dirty bed, Hirst’s jewelled skull, Rachel Whiteread’s inner space turned into concrete.  Is this the death of beauty?  If not that certainly...

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