Tuesday, October 23, 2007

"Don't Be Angry"

"Be amused. Be proud. We've got them on the run."

Recently Dan Dennett received the 2007 Richard Dawkins Award. He is introduced, and given the award, by Dawkins (who was in turn introduced by Julia Sweeney). Like for Dawkins (probably our only similarity) I look to Dan as somewhat of an intellectual hero.

Dennett gives a speech which mirrors my thinking on how atheists should proceed in the battle against theism. I realize there are a lot of us who don't believe the battle is winnable; that you can't really change how others think. Dennett may give you reason for hope. It’s a battle he believes we are winning.

“A little good natured chiding or teasing can work wonders”.

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