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On Sun, 1 Jul 2012 10:12:43 -0400, Ken Armstrong <[log in to unmask]>
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>Tom,
>
>   Your post below is a real tour de force. Not commenting on the Ig
>Nobel, it seems fair to say that Hawking represents the side of the
>materialists in Eliot's statement (from memory) that ultimately there
>are two and only two tenable hypotheses about life, the catholic and the
>materialist.

Thought you were heading toward: "There are only 2 things—Puritanism and
Catholicism. You are one or the other. You either believe in the reality of
sin or you don’t—that is the important moral distinction—not whether you are
good or bad. Puritanism does not believe in sin: it merely believes that
certain things must not be done."