RE: virus: "... faith is one of the world's great evils"
Wed, 11 Jun 1997 12:47:42 -0500 (CDT)

On Tue, 11 Mar 1997, anonymous wrote:


> Tyrants commonly profess to be certain they are in the right. This is =
> because few become tyrants without demonstrating political skills, and =
> it is a common political skill to appear certain of the things one is =
> attempting to persuade others. For example, listen to Alan Dershowitz on =
> CNN or CNBC sometime.
> He is an atheist, but he always appears more certain of the rightness of =
> his position that anyone I have seen. The practical result: his clients =
> get acquitted in the face of obvious guilt. Hence, the certainty of the =
> rightness of one's position is independent of religious faith and is in =
> fact but a mere tool of persuasion.
> All faithful have doubts, but where have you seen the faithless without =
> certainty of the rightness of their position. Thus, may one conclude =
> that atheism is a more potent and perhaps more deadly virus than =
> religion.

I admit counterexamples to "all faithful have doubts" [about the
rightness of their position] are rare.

One such counterexample has written this reply.


Yes, I've finally got a gasp of time.... I may become current eventually
on this list.

/ Towards the conversion of data into information....
/ Kenneth Boyd