i mentioned christopher hitchens new book. well, i bought it and am currently half way through. it is every bit as much of a treat as i suspected. he takes a very different tack to dennett and dawkins (evolution of religion, evidence for it etc.). the hitch let’s go of both barrels wherever possible. he is sarcastic, offensive, and laugh out loud funny. can’t recommend it highly enough. when it comes to debunking religion, this is the way to go.
We now know things about our nature that the founders of religion could not even begin to guess at, and that would have stilled their overconfident tongues if they had known them. Yet once again, once one has disposed of superflous assumptions, speculations about who designed us to be designers becomes as fruitless and irrelevant as the question of who designed the designer. Aristotle, whose reasoning about the unmoved mover and the uncaused cause is the beginning of the argument, concluded that the logic would necessitate forty-seven or fifty-five gods. Surely even a monotheist would be grateful for Ockham’s razor at this point? From a plurality of prime movers, the monotheists have bargained it down to a single one. They are ever nearer to the true, round figure.