Friday, January 27, 2012

God, and other friends in high places

I've my regular ABC column up today, 'Friends in high places'.

I'm discussing exceptionalism, particularly of the religious kind: the idea that one's tribe, nation or faith is special, because god cares. Out of all the cosmos, and all its planets, and all our planet's species, and all the humans, we are the favoured.  A sample:
It is not a logical failure, but a failure of virtue. It is this belief that god cares; that there is a sentient creator who is not only benevolent and loyal, but also genuinely concerned with the day-to-day labours and longings of ordinary human beings. Christianity, Judaism and Islam share this view, and it is founded on a vice: the craven unwillingness to face an indifferent cosmos.

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