Archive | November 2, 2013

Bill Maher’s fundamentalism vs. sophisticated faith

November 2, 2013

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I’ll violate my unspoken rule (more of guideline, really) of only one daily post. I came across this video of Bill Maher’s interview of Ross Douthat, author of Bad Religion: How We Became A Nation of Heretics. Maher thinks and talks like a fundamentalist but passes himself off as sophisticated. Besides, atheists are ipso-facto more intelligent, right?

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All this soul-searching from a baseball game?

November 2, 2013

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But here’s the punch line: I didn’t appreciate any of that while I was there. Scratch me and you’ll find a frustrated visionary. We visionaries conjure up pristine futures and, if we’re not careful, contrast them with the exasperating present. We pout. We annoy everyone else and we blind ourselves to this morning’s blessings. I couldn’t see the city’s pleasures and opportunities through the fog of my utopian dreams.

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