'Hitchens and infuriating faith'.
The late Christopher Hitchens became incredibly popular with his anti-theist message. What is it about religion that's annoying so many? A sample:
perhaps what most boils the blood of atheists is that, in the Judaeo-Christian traditions, error is often baptised as a virtue. Scientists certainly make mistakes of procedure, assumption and logic. But in general they see errors as mistakes, not as proof of moral goodness. They do not have 'faith', strictly speaking. For the Abrahamic religions, faith is the euphemism given to needful metaphysical belief without good evidence. It is not provisional or contingent, as are scientific hypotheses - it will not be revised or discarded with new evidence. It is belief in an un-testable, often unknowable something, and pride in this belief.
I suspect it is this pride that angers so many secular minds: a curious pleasure in oneself, which takes what is normally a trivial failing and makes it a profound blessing. Despite the lack of physical evidence, and the statistical improbability that one's particular deity, holy books and creed are The Real Thing, one has faith. And one loves oneself for it - just as the holy books proclaim.(Photo: ensceptico)