Apparently, there’s a way to know if you’re an atheist or not.
And Dan Dennett knows how to tell.
He talks about studies on people who are atheist, but remain in the church.
He also talks about mental illnesses that convince the mind that a person’s not blind. Or something.
I’m listening to this in the background. Which isn’t easy.
There’s a line about how atheists believe in wrongs and rights and feel guilty for wrongs, but don’t feel the same level of agony that believers do from “sinning.” I can completely attest to this.
I know many believers who hold onto sins long past. Hell, it’s what I did as a believer.
About the video:
Philosopher Daniel Dennett was one of the stars of the Global Atheist Convention in Melbourne and gave a brilliant and whimsical talk on defining the atheist. He is the uber-philospher of the mind and a great provocateur, though he was speaking to 4000 non believers at this convention.
He talks specifically about The Clergy Project in the middle of his talk at 19 min 15 sec.
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