RE: virus: no purchase required

Wade T.Smith (wade_smith@harvard.edu)
Thu, 6 May 1999 21:36:26 -0400

>Pat us on the back!
>We are so much smarter than
>All those happy fools.

Well, unfortunately, that is how we all sound sometimes.... I did not mean to sound that way, although I cringed that I did. Because condescension will never teach, and one who perceives it will refuse to learn, and, there is always something to learn.

I will quote this out here-

"There is a new definition of atheism not found among the current orthodox: it is the non-experience of deity. It is not anti-theist, it is supportive of the natural quest for meaning in myth, symbol and practice, and challenges any construct that places itself in the position of worship or unquestioning obedience, whether it be called deity or law. Atheism is substantiated by the experience of no-god, or the lack of experience, not by belief or rational counter-arguments to theism. This definition comes, in part, from Pascal who conceives of a person so made that s/he cannot believe - a person who by nature is experientially limited to atheism."


"Being an atheist is a matter not of moral choice,
     but of human obligation." - John Fowles
                
      Wade T. Smith --- morbius@channel1.com