Wednesday, July 20, 2011

"Dr." John Cleese on the "All-Knowingness" of Man

Sometimes, brilliant philosophers come in the most unexpected packages.

We should always be conscious of the fact that there are a great many things about our universe, and ourselves, that we haven’t even begun to understand yet.  This is the fundamental flaw in the thinking of atheists, who maintain that they "know" there isn't a God, a proposition that is as unsupportable as that of the true believers, who claim to "know" that there is a God. To close ourselves off to the possibility that there might be more to heaven and earth than our current science can explain would be foolish, and unscientific.

I think that deep down, we're all agnostics. As death approaches, I think the true believer will always have doubt, and I think the hard-core atheist will always have hope - and neither of them will be entirely certain, for different reasons, of their "knowledge".

Paul Kimball

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