Sunday, November 21, 2010

Peter Hitchens and The Rage Against God



"Atheism led me to faith. Atheism is not the end of the argument, it's the beginning of the argument" ---Get the book

--->Fr. Robert Barron comments on Peter Hitchens and "The Rage Against God"...

--->The Same Old New Atheism of Sam Harris (and Christopher Hitchens) ...Click - Quote: "Nowhere is this clearer, or more chilling, than in his one extended example of a specific social change that could be effected by scientific ethics. Convinced that brain science has located the biological sources of “bias”—the areas of the brain that cause us to deviate from the norms of factual and moral reasoning—Harris predicts that this research will lead to the creation of foolproof lie detectors. He does not say how these devices will be deployed. Will they be worn on the body, implanted in the brain, concealed in public locations? What he does say is that they will be a great leap forward to a world without deception—which, we must understand, is one of the chief sources of evil. “Whether or not we ever crack the neural code, enabling us to download a person’s private thoughts, memories, and perceptions without distortion,” he declares, the detectors will “surely be able to determine, to a moral certainty, whether a person is representing his thoughts, memories, and perceptions honestly in conversation.” (As always, the question arises, who are “we”?) Technology will create a brave new world of perfect transparency, and legal scholars who might worry about the Fifth Amendment implications are being old-fashioned." Indeed.

---Revisited: Peter Hitchens on abortion...

--->Peter Hitchens on Afganistan, Bringing the Troops Home...

--->Peter Hitchens on British politics and the EU...

"The word Fascism has now no meaning except in so far as it signifies "something not desirable." The words democracy, socialism, freedom, patriotic, realistic, justice have each of them several different meanings which cannot be reconciled with one another. In the case of a word like democracy, not only is there no agreed definition, but the attempt to make one is resisted from all sides. It is almost universally felt that when we call a country democratic we are praising it: consequently the defenders of every kind of regime claim that it is a democracy, and fear that they might have to stop using that word if it were tied down to any one meaning. Words of this kind are often used in a consciously dishonest way. That is, the person who uses them has his own private definition, but allows his hearer to think he means something quite different."--- George Orwell, "Politics and the English Language," 1946

--->Afghans Losing Patience. U.S. and NATO forces will stay in Afghanistan for at least another four years, yet there are growing signs that the West has worn out its welcome...

--->Warren Buffett: I 'Should Be Paying A Lot More In Taxes'... [Good. But what will the taxes be used for? To drive down the national debt and improve domestic infrastructure, bailout underwater homeowners, good; to expand more planetary wars, bad...etc.)

--->Arms Deceit Charged. Critics Slam Obama Administration for 'Hiding' Massive Saudi Arms Deal

---> TSA Will Work To Make Pat-Downs Less Invasive, John Pistole Says... Airport Security TSA - Longest line ever. See video...

--->'News' To Amuse and We Lose (Pic Greatly Cropped here): "Conservative" "Fox News darling Megyn Kelly posed for a revealing photo spread in the December issue of GQ.

"Kelly, a former lawyer fast becoming the female face of Fox News, showed some skin for an article titled "She Reports, We Decided She's Hot" by Greg Veis.

"In the accompanying article, Kelly joked about rumors that she'd had an affair with Fox News patriarch Brit Hume, discussed her appearance in an ab workout video, and defended her coverage of the New Black Panthers Party story earlier this year....GQ magazine via HuffPost ---Note: At least Katie Couric (who for decades as an entertainer was described as giggly and 'perky') knows how to act the part of a serious news person. But this drops all pretense, along with everything else. It's a symptom of media mogul greed appealing to the lowest passions ("Step right up! See the little news lady disrobe for almost free, one and all! Step right up!") and the decline of the West, no?

--->Fox News Hero: Hugh Hefner won't let age cramp his style...2009 (Warning: graphic bikinis, avert eyes alert or stop at :30 seconds exact, but to see how "conservative" Fox News has adulated him over the years and how conservative decadent's only see money as success, the "American Dream")

--->Benedict XVI "wants to encourage the reception of Communion on the tongue, kneeling, out of respect for the Real Presence in the Sacrament"...Read on

--->Is Williamson on his way out the SSPX door? See text in French here (if anyone can provide a fluent translation I would be grateful). I hope he sees reason, otherwise he will not be able to say the SSPX has not borne patiently with him.

--->Wi-Fi Makes Trees Sick, Study Says. City trees are becoming sick from wireless radiation from local area networks and mobile phones, according to a European study...

Argument and biography are often very informative, maybe especially (though not only) for seekers; but there is no substitute for walking into a church and sitting down or kneeling in solitude before the Blessed Sacrament.

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