We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Heather MacDonald, the superb essayist for City Journal, discussed her agnosticism the other day in The American Conservative, and for reasons I do not understand, she caught some flak. From a piece by Michael Novak at NRO:
Heather Mac Donald is perfectly right to demand of Christianity the open display of its truth claims, and to ask that its evidence for these claims be placed on the table, as she has recently in a piece in The American Conservative and in a thread on NRO?s "The Corner." Christians have tried to follow that path since the writings of the earliest centuries ? Origen, Cyril of Alexandria, St. Augustine, and legions of others.
Christians were a persecuted minority for three centuries. They did not overcome the philosophies of Plato and Aristotle, Cicero and Seneca, by force, but by argument, and not from outside but from within. As a competing horizon, way of life, and intellectual articulation, Christianity better explained many more realities and paradoxes of human life than any preceding civilization. It conquered the world both by argument and by personal example.
didn't read the link,
but i think moderns suffer
not from religion or its "unsubstantiated claims",
but an excess of "reason", or more often,
moderns suffer from "sohisticates" who dismiss a cartoon version of religion and religious people that exists mainly
in their own heads.
only such a view could blandly declare all religions equal
(indicating "equally meaningless").
any religion that dismisses science,reason and/or inquiry
is a non-starter to begin with.
it would only serve a collection of cattle,
as a "rational" type personality,
i don't surrender my reason lightly.
the parable that the seed falls
on fertile ground and on fallow,
and on ground as hard as stone,
is the reality we all inhabit.
many people cannot experience the divine
because they do not allow or create a place
within themselves for any seed of it to grow.
to "prove" the existence of the divine
to such a person is unpossible.