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The Nightline Face-Off- Does God Have a Future? [2/12]

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Well, I think, as you begun to hear -- -- there are two very different kinds of conversations we can have here. We can talk about religion as it is - for most people, most of the time, and we can talk about what religion could be or should be. Perhaps what irt is for the tinest minority of people and I just want you to be aware of the difference there. 'Cause it could get lost. It's true that some people define god as pure consciousness where's been synonymous with the laws of nature. But if we talk about consciousness and the laws of nature we won't be talking about the god that most of our neighbors believe in, which is a personal god who hears our prayers and occasionally answers them. So, I just want you to be sensitive to this. Because if you Michael or I say something derogatory about Islam or Christianity, which seems possible -- (Laughter) -- the response from the other side shouldn't mention Quantum Mechanics. And it shouldn't reference a notion of god that is so denuded of doctrine as to, more or less, be synonymous with pure mystery or pure information or pure energy or pure anything. So I just wanna plant a flag there where you all can see it. Because the god that our neighbors believe in is essentially an invisible person. It's a Creator Deity who created the Universe to have a relationship with one spices of primates. Lucky us ! (Laughter) And he's got galaxy upon galaxy to attend to but he's especially concerned with what we do. And he's especially concern with what we do while naked. (Laughter & Applause) And he almost certainly disapproves of homosexuality. And he's created this Cosmos as a vast laboratory in which to test our powers of credulity. And the test is this: Can you believe in this god on bad evidence? Which is to say on faith. And if you can you will win an eternity of happiness after you die. And it's precisely this sort of god, and this sort of scheme that you must believe in if you're gonna have any kind of future in politics in this country. No matter what's your gifts -- you could be an unprecedented genius, you could look like George Clooney, you can have a billion dollars, and you can have the social skills of Oprah, and you are going nowhere in politics in this country unless you believe in that sort of god. So, we can talk about anything we want. I'm happy to talk about consciousness. But please notice that when we migrate away from the god that is really shaping human events --

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Duration: 9 minutes and 41 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
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Posted by: ateistisrbije on Mar 24, 2010

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