Tuesday, December 10, 2013

"If God does not exist...."

"Nor can anyone argue that the horrors of the twentieth century were unanticipated.  Although they came as a shock, the did not come as a surprise.  In The Brothers Karamazov, Ivan Karamazov exclaims that if God does not exist, then everything is permitted.

"Throughout the nineteenth century, as religious conviction seeped out of the institutions of Western culture, poets and philosophers had the uneasy feeling that its withdrawal might signal the ascension of great evil in the world.  In this they were right...."

-- David Berlinski, "The Devil's Delusion:  Atheism and its Scientific Pretensions"

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