Doubt redux

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Based in part on JMHecht's "Doubt: A History"

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Doubt redux

  1. 1. When MargaretSanger openedthe first birthcontrol clinic in1916, the mottoof her journal was“No Gods, NoMasters”Was God abaker?Our duty: doingsomething hereand now…
  2. 2. Heaven has been thought out and constructed upon an absolutedefinite plan… it shall contain, in labored detail, each and everyimaginable thing that is repulsive to a man, and not a single thinghe likes!-Mark Twain, Letters From the Earth The world is amoral, there is no good God
  3. 3. …everyone is an agnostic as to the beliefs or creeds they do not accept.Clarence Darrow:
  4. 4. Taslima Nasreen
  5. 5. Two myths now keep faith  beyond the fray of rational  criticism, and they seem to  foster religious extremism  and religious moderation  equally… Sam Harris(i) most of us believe that there are good things that people get from religious faith (e.g., strong communities, ethical behavior, spiritual experience) that cannot be had elsewhere; (2) many of us also believe that the terrible things that are sometimes done in the name of religion are the products not of faith per se but of our baser natures-forces like greed, hatred, and fear-for which religious beliefs are themselves the best (or even the only) remedy. 
  6. 6. .“What would I do if the doctor gave me only six months to live? Type faster.”
  7. 7. I really do not believe that there is a god – in fact I am convinced that there is not a god (a subtle difference). 
  8. 8. Question with boldness.Do not be frightened.
  9. 9. Religion convinced the world that theres an invisible man in the sky who watches everything you do. And theres 10 things he doesnt want you to do or else youll go to a burning place with a lake of fire until the end of eternity. But he loves you!‘George Carlin

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