Tuesday, June 17, 2008

An atheism meme

Via James Elliott and Chris Dillow. I thought I'd jump in and see what happens...

Q1. How would you define “atheism”?

The denial of theism.

Q2. Was your upbringing religious? If so, what tradition?

Church of England.

Q3. How would you describe “Intelligent Design”, using only one word?


Q4. What scientific endeavor really excites you?

Lots. I'm particularly interested in neuro-psychology at the moment.

Q5. If you could change one thing about the “atheist community”, what would it be and why?

Give them a better sense of intellectual history, especially Christian intellectual history.

Q6. If your child came up to you and said “I’m joining the clergy”, what would be your first response?

You can't do it unless you're called, and if you're called you can't do anything else.

Q7. What’s your favorite theistic argument, and how do you usually refute it?

I don't have any favourite theistic arguments.

Q8. What’s your most “controversial” (as far as general attitudes amongst other atheists goes) viewpoint?

er... bearing in mind where I'm coming at this from, probably that God=meaning.

Q9. Of the “Four Horsemen” (Dawkins, Dennett, Hitchens and Harris) who is your favourite, and why?

I've never read Harris so can't comment; Hitchens is a journalist with attitude but not much more; Dawkins is a gifted writer with a good understanding of biology but not much more; which leaves Dennett as the best of the bunch. He at least has some greater breadth.

Q10. If you could convince just one theistic person to abandon their beliefs, who would it be?

Oo. Lots to choose from, but it'd be a toss up between Osama bin Laden and Peter Akinola.

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