RE: virus: God's Invisible Hand

Richard Brodie (
Fri, 24 Oct 1997 11:03:56 -0700

On Tuesday, October 21, 1997 7:04 AM, chardin
[] wrote:
> Why
> do you push Dawkins and his two books in yours? "You don't believe in
> evolution? If you would read the Blind Watchmaker and what was the
> other one?, you would." Wasn't that on the footnote of your page?
> The crux of his argument seems to be if you believe in God there is
> something wrong with you.

You seem to think there's some conflict between God and Darwinian
evolution. God would have a good laugh at that one, don't you think?

> Which God do you believe in?

There's more than one?

> I know you
> said the Bible was one of the books that influenced you most but
> people say that all the time--they think it is legend, etc.

That wasn't me.

> > Bah! Humanism is a crock!
> So, we are in agreement? I would drop my false teeth if I had false
> teeth!

Yup. I'm not a big believer in isms of any sort.

> I couldn't get much of anything out of those exchanges
> between you and Tad; they were such calculated moves--back and forth
> and back and forth--it really meant nothing to me. It seemed
> superficial, but maybe I was missing something.

They are a kind of performance art, I think. Not very accessible, but if
you should happen to "get it" it can be uproariously funny.

> Darwinism is a
> crock--but Dawkins seems to build on it. You recommend him to your
> readers--what am I to think?

You should separate out a few concepts that you seem to have collapsed.
These are all very different:

Secular humanism
Darwinian evolution
Richard Dawkins
Anti-religious diatribe

> > There's only one God -- I serve Him, but you serve religion.
> I never said I was perfect. But I don't think that is true. How do
> you serve God, Richard. I would very much like to know.

Just watch. It's my whole life.

> How can you "save" me Richard. I thought that was the prerogative of
> the Son of God?

I don't know if I can save you, and I'm not terribly attached to doing so.
But when seekers come to me, I give them all I've got.

You may well be happier living out your life safe and secure in the arms of
Jesus. That's fine with me, not that you care, but I had an intuition that
you were here for a reason.

> Which God is it you serve? I should like to know.

You keep asking this. Again, I'm only aware of one God. Your view of Him is
obscured by the cloud of religion. But He shines bright enough to burn
those clouds away if you persist.

> I may be brash, stubborn and many other things--but I've always let
> you know where I stand. And when I am truly convinced that I am
> wrong, I will be the first to say so--I hope. Cathy

It's not a question of being right or wrong. It's realizing that "beliefs"
are a creation of man, not God. They can be used to focus one's life to
serve Him or to derail us from God's purpose for us.

All the best memes,


Richard Brodie
Author, VIRUS OF THE MIND: The New Science of the Meme
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