Friday, June 13, 2008

The Argument from Areligious Experience

"Some of them [people who rejected religious faith] had blinding moments of unconviction that were every bit as instantanious, though perhaps less epileptic and apocalyptic (and later more rationally and morally justified) than Saul of Tarsus on the Damascus road." - Christopher Hitchens, god is not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, p. 5.

1 comment:

  1. That, it seems to me, is a perfect reason to expect that God does exist. Just as being painfully hungry doesn't point to the nonexistence of food but to its existence and need, so too do those moments of heart-wrenching absence and chaos point to the need (and existence of) order.

    Then again, that would assume that we are structured as nature-like (or natural) structures, an assumption that Mr Hitchens no doubt shares.