Friday, November 24, 2006

Atheism without the butter

A couple of gems from to tide you over for the weekend.

First, Dawkins discusses a very unfortunate meme indeed, the 'I'm an atheist, BUT..' conversational opening, which, as he notes, is typically followed by something which is 'nearly always unhelpful, nihilistic or – worse – suffused with a sort of exultant negativity.'

Second, I just noticed that he is doing the great service of hosting an excerpt from former SNL comedienne Julia Sweeney's one-woman show 'Letting Go of God'. I ran across this some time ago in some way which I can't now remember, so it's great to find it again.

Requires Quicktime and about half-an-hour of your time. It's worth it.

No ifs, ands or...well, you know.

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