RE: virus: "... faith is one of the world's great evils"

David McFadzean (
Tue, 11 Mar 1997 22:45:40 -0700

At 01:05 AM 11/03/97 -0600, anonymous wrote:
>On Monday, March 10, 1997 11:43 PM, David McFadzean, wrote:
> It is fashionable to wax apocalyptic about the threat to
> humanity posed by the AIDS virus, "mad cow" disease, and
> many others, but I think a case can be made that faith is
> one of the world's great evils, comparable to the smallpox
> virus but harder to eradicate.
>You don't make a case.

The above is just a teaser from the beginning of Richard Dawkin's

>1. Do you mean only religious faith?

This is answered in the 2nd paragraph of the article:
"Faith, being belief that isn't based on evidence..."

So, no, not just religious faith. Personally I would have qualified
that by "...based on *good* evidence..." because there are plenty
of beliefs out there based on poor or unreasonable evidence.

The copyright prevents me from reproducing the whole article in
this forum so you'll have to check out the web page:

Unfortunately this URL is over 80 characters long so it will likely
wrap to the next line, so take in care in the copy'n'paste. Being
sysadmin for, I'm tempted to just copy the article to
a shorter file name, but I wouldn't want to raise the ire of the
American Humanist Association. :)

David McFadzean       
Memetic Engineer      
Church of Virus