Saturday, February 23, 2008

A Rational Interlude

A debate from 1999 (LWT) regarding belief, hosted by Melvyn Bragg with Gore Vidal, The Reverend Keith Ward and Baroness Susan Greenfield. In stellar form, Vidal neatly dispenses with Kant’s hackneyed argument that religion is a moral necessity and puts a finer point on the difference between agnosticism and atheism. By the way, isn’t the good reverend just full of the most inane twaddle? Marcus Aurelius was some sort of quasi-Christian even though he was a resolute stoic. What utter nonsense. Oh, and in fairness, Vidal quite inexcusably is waaaay off base in his chronology there, but that’s another matter.