The CFI Facebook page is all atwitter about Kevin Smith’s answer to the Ottawa Citizen’s latest Ask the Religion Experts question: “Is your religion really just an ‘accident of birth’?”
Patrick Swayzee started the conversation
Clearly the Ottawa citizen is not overwhelmed with material, if there exposing the mindless thoughts of Kevin smith.
Swayzee’s comment received 8 replies; of the six below, John Hellum’s is my favourite:
Centre for Inquiry Canada Rather than an ad hominen attack, we’d love to hear your rational argument against memetics and how it relates to religion…
- Brennen Kovic Going by the logic of the god believer Patrick, he booked his ticket straight to hell. To quote the bible “Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print or tattoo any marks upon you: I am the Lord.” Leviticus 19:28
- Sudip Biswas Bring on the logical argument Patrick Swayzee, I bet you have none. Hollow like your religion that you follow
- Leslie Anthony Actually Patrick, Kevin Smith offers mindful thoughts about mindless beliefs. Big difference and worthy of exposure as rational thought versus superstition and myth. For critical thinkers, mimetics is a solid explanatory framework for much of humans’ collective “stupidity” (i.e., non-adaptive behaviour) around things like economics, resource extraction, religion, and conflict to name a few key areas.
- Kirk Michael ….let your children teach you…their minds are free of guilt
- John Hellum Blind faith and illiteracy – ” there”?
The conversation continues, and as CFI Canada says,
We await a rational defense from Patrick Swayzee.
While you’re waiting, read John Counsell’s answer, and see his ambiguous use of the pronoun it :
1 Corinthians teaches this faith “ … is foolishness to those who are perishing,” just like the thought of intimate marital love may seem “icky” to a six-year old. But for us who believe, we wouldn’t trade it for ANYTHING!