Seems to Me that Mrs. P Ought to Take Her Husband Aside and Explain to Him What a Fool He Is.
Having a history degree, she also knows that the world could not have been made in 4004 BC and she has studied enough science to know that much of what is written in the Bible cannot possibly be true. …
We are drawn to religion by our feelings rather than our thoughts. The sense that, for all our clever inventions, there may still be things that humans will never know and the desire to hedge our bets just in case keeps many of us from declaring ourselves to be atheists.
With respect to the phrase I’ve italicized: has this guy no clue what God’s capabilities are supposed to be? Has he no ability to see beyond his modernist filter?
With respect to the second quoted paragraph, I can only say, “uh, no.” Mr. Philosopher has apparently not met any of those many converts (usually to Catholicism, to my experience) for whom religion is, above all, an intellectual exercise. (Personally, if I may confess it, here, it is more often my intellect that corrects my feelings toward religion.)
And as for the “hedging bets” thing, what sort of God does this fellow think us to believe in? Apparently one who rewards superficial fealty to Him, rather than frank openness — a strange preference for a God who is reputed to know our every thought.
But I suppose all may be forgiven when one’s audience is mainly looking for folksy confirmation of its superiority.