El famoso ateo Christopher Hitchens tiene un hermano llamado Peter, creyente de-toda-la-vida. De vez en cunado discuten. En este caso Peter da un repaso al libro God is not Great (Dios no es grande) de su hermano. Para empezar, el creyente se muestra muy comprensivo con los ateos, mientras su hermano los desprecia:
«I’m a materialist and he attributes his presence here to a divine plan. I can’t stand anyone who believes in God, who invokes the divinity or who is a person of faith.»
I don’t feel the same way. I like atheists and enjoy their company, because they agree with me that religion is important.
Sin embargo, lo que más me ha llamado la atención ha sido esto:
Christopher describes how at the age of nine he concluded that his teacher’s claim that the world must be designed was wrong. «I simply knew, almost as if I had privileged access to a higher authority, that my teacher had managed to get everything wrong.»
At the time of this revelation, he knew nothing of the vast, unending argument between those who maintain that the shape of the world is evidence of design, and those who say the same world is evidence of random, undirected natural selection.
It’s my view that he still doesn’t know all that much about this interesting dispute. Yet at the age of nine, he «simply knew» who had won one of the oldest debates in the history of mankind.
It is astonishing, in one so set against the idea of design or authority in the universe, how often he appeals to mysterious intuitions and «innate» knowledge of this kind, and uses religious language such as «awesome» – in awe of whom or what?
Creo que queda suficientemente claro que el ateísmo es una religión con tendencias fundamentalistas. De hecho, solo el Islam lo supera en número de muertos.
Aquí los tienes, ¿cuál te da más confianza?
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