Faith must trample under foot all reason, sense, and understanding.
That is pretty much the best recipe for disaster I can think of. He’s speaking, of course, about faith in the Christian god, but I would extend this to faith in any ideology; Stalin killed millions through starvation because of his faith in ideology: “our system can make 3x more grain per acre than the competing economic system, so we can sell most of it to foreign countries!”
That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.
Gotta love The Hitch
I lay it down as a position which cannot be controverted. First, that the agreement of all the parts of a story does not prove that story to be true, because the parts may agree and the whole may be false; secondly, that the disagreement of the parts of a story proves that the whole cannot be true. —Thomas Paine “Age of Reason”
Now that is some hard-core skepticism! lol
What does everyone think? Can that statement be controverted?
The improver of natural knowledge absolutely refuses to acknowledge authority, as such. For him, skepticism is the highest of duties; blind faith the one unpardonable sin. –Thomas Huxley
While setting up my shiny new WordPress account (is finally having my own blog a sign of “arriving” in life, or is it a sign that I really am as much a nerd as my friends have always thought?), I was searching Brainy Quotes for something nice on Skepticism. I rather think the above quote from Huxley pretty well sums up my view as regards this blog.