At 01:27 PM 11/4/2004 -0500, George Carless wrote:

  World views, especially absolutist
world views, are dangerous things, and the Christian has no more a
claim on the "right" world view than does anybody else. 

  That could be debated, but what can't be debated is that it is a statement of faith expressed in absolute terms, not a matter of "empirical evidence." What the anti-religionist usually fails to see is the element of faith in his or her own position.

course, religion being what it is, the mere possession of "faith"
lends the believer the absolute certainty that their view is the
right one, so it doesn't matter to them whether other people might
believe differently--they are on the side of God.  Do you not see
why this is a worrying thing?

   I do. It is indeed worrying, from you as much as from anyone. It seems to go with the territory.

 Ken A