The Atheist Who Didn´t Exist – Or: the Dreadful Consequences of Bad Arguments

Bannister

Tað var sera áhugavert og stuttligt at lesa hesa bókina hjá Andy Bannister. Viðvíkjandi endamálinum við bókini sigur rithøvindurin sjálvur: “And so the aim of this book is simple: to clear away some of the weeds of bad arguments so that a more sensible dialogue can be had. Because here´s the thing: the “God Question” is arguably the most important question that anybody can think about” (Bannsiter 2015: 27).

Bannister brúkar t.d. “reductio ad absurdum” (lat. ’tilbageføring til det meningsløse’), tá ið hann leggur dent á veikleikarnar í nógvum av teimum kendu próvførslunum hjá nýateistunum.

Hann viðger m.a. orðingina: “There´s Probably No God. Now Stop Worrying and Enjoy Your Life.” Eisini viðger hann kendar orðingar hjá t.d. Richard Dawkins í hansara The God Delusion: “I have found it an amusing strategy, when asked whether I am an atheist, to point out that the questioner is also an atheist when considering Zeus, Apollo, Amon Ra, Mithras, Baal, Thor, Wotan, the Golden Calf and the Flying Spaghetti Monster. I just go one god further” (Dawkins 2006: 77).

Í bókini leggur Bannister eisini dent á, at øll menniskju trúgva: “The question is not wheter you have faith. You do; we all do – the atheist and the theist, the sceptic and the seeker, the doubter and the disciple. Rather, the question is simply this: is that in which you are placing your faith able to bear the weight; is it trustworthy?” (Bannister 2015: 208).

Tað var eitt satt njótilsi at lesa hesa bókina, og eg kann viðmæla hana bæði til trúgvandi og ikki-trúgvandi (sjálvt um hesi, sambært Bannister, tó ikki eru heilt ikki-trúgvandi).

Og minst til at lesa fótnoturnar! Tær eru ofta sera stuttligar. Viðvíkjandi tankanum um, at kristindómur er óloysiliga tengdur at sjálvum Kristusi, viðmerkir Bannister t.d. “Take ‘Christ’ out of ‘Christian’ and all you´re left with are the letters ‘I’, ‘A’ and ‘N’. And Ian cannot help you” (Bannister 2015: 214).

Góðan lesihug!