Friday, November 16, 2007

Make Big Bucks In Blogging!

Turns out the secret has to do with pictures of cats . Who'd a thunk it? (Please don't ask me why the cat has lipstick on its ass. I didn't put the lipstick on the kitty's tush and don't remember where I got the picture.)

Thursday, November 01, 2007

The New Village Atheists

The search for the pure guiding light of reason, uncontaminated by human passion or metaphysical principles that go beyond all possible evidence, continues, however; and recently, an epidemic rash of books has declared success, at least if success consists of having slain the inveterate enemy of reason, namely religion. The philosophers Daniel Dennett, A. C. Grayling, Michel Onfray, and Sam Harris, biologist Richard Dawkins, and journalist and critic Christopher Hitchens have all written books roundly condemning religion and its works. Evidently, there is a tide in the affairs, if not of men, at least of authors.

The curious thing about these books is that the authors often appear to think that they are saying something new and brave. They imagine themselves to be like the intrepid explorer Sir Richard Burton, who in 1853 disguised himself as a Muslim merchant, went to Mecca, and then wrote a book about his unprecedented feat. The public appears to agree, for the neo-atheist books have sold by the hundred thousand. Yet with the possible exception of Dennett’s, they advance no argument that I, the village atheist, could not have made by the age of 14 ...

What the New Atheists Don’t See by Theodore Dalrymple, City Journal Autumn 2007