Re: Why atheism beats agnosticism (Was: Re: Contacting God)

T0Morrow (
Mon, 27 Apr 1998 09:07:53 EDT (Warrl kyree Tale'sedrin) sent me a "heads up" that my
email might have been mangled en route. My thanks to him (though he will be
disappointed to see that I do not claim the company of gods). Let me try a

FWIW, and in contrast to your views, I harbor close relations to many, many
theists. Although I find their judgements about matters theological quite
dicey, that by no means prevents me from respecting their opinions about other
things. Sometimes I even think that their theological notions merit
respectful treatment. Think that's heretical? Get this: I even know and
respect many *statists*!

I suppose that tolerance for ideological differences varies widely; I often
find that I enjoy the frisson that comes from rubbing up against different
opinions (even woefully misguided ones). When it comes to intellectual
companionship, I would rather talk with someone who gets things wrong in
interesting ways than I would with someone who agrees with me in stultifying