May 19, 2011 – Spellbound.

Atheist philosophy.

Today, I RID this book by Dan Dennett, about the dangers of religion. His view is that religion is a natural phenomenon, that had an evolutionary role…but that part of our evolution is now over.

An interesting take, to say the least. When I attended a Jesuit university, one of my philosophy instructors (a priest), asked us to think about evolution as something God had created. Sort of an operating system for all life. That was his way of sidestepping the perceived discrepancies.

Dennett takes the other approach. That our evolutionary system created God. A belief that allowed us to socialize, moralize, and otherwise behave in ways that benefited the overall system.

Lord I love a good debate…

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