David Mitchell On Atheism
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[David Mitchell On Atheism]
[David James Stuart Mitchell (born 14 July 1974):] Source: LYBIO.net
I’m not personally annoyed by atheists, but a lot of people assume I am an atheist.
And to sort of draw no distinction between being an atheist and an agnostic. And there is sort of, and particularly among, you know, basically rational comedians like me, there is a lot of atheism, going on.
And I don’t – I don’t accept the argument that’s atheism is the most rational response to the world, as we see it. I think agnosticism is and I also – I don’t want there to be nothing.
I am not convinced there is something, but I do want there to be something. I want there to be an all powerful, benevolent god and I like that thought. And I was initially brought up with it, now I am not sure.
But I am not ready to reject it and I am not – and I’m suspicious of the disdain for people who find there a comfort in their lives and that sort of desperation among some atheists to tear that comfort away from them.
And the argument given for that is that religion has caused lots of killing and pain. And I dispute that, because so much killing and pain was done in the name of – you know, communism or fascism. Humans have killed humans in the name of anything.
Whether it’s religious or political or whatever. Humans just like to kill each other.
[David Mitchel:] Source: L Y B I O . N E T
And they’ll use religion as an excuse, and they will use politics as an excuse and they will use freedom as an excuse. But the idea that you take away one of the excuses, that the killing was suddenly stop happening, I think is absurd. What you take away is the comfort that a lot of people have as they face the possibility of oblivion.
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