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Christian exceptionalism

July 8, 2013

Christians dismiss the gods of every other religion – atheists just go one god further!

John Dickson writes for the ABC:

Launching the book For God’s Sake: An Atheist, a Jew, a Christian and a Muslim Debate Religion, columnist Peter Fitzsimons revelled in the opportunity to offer his favourite atheist one-liners. “There have been 10,000 gods through history,” he said to my colleague Simon Smart, one of the authors of the book. “You reject 9,999 of them. I just go one god further!”

It was a well-rehearsed line straight out of the atheist joke book – Dawkins likes to tell it, too. It got the laugh a witticism deserves. Simon replied laconically, “Is that meant to be an argument, Fitz?” Apparently, it was. “I’ve put this to a lot of believers over the years,” Fitzsimons said with gusto, “and none of them has been able to reply.” I was surprised to hear that. So let me give it a go.

To see John’s reply, go to: http://www.abc.net.au/religion/articles/2013/07/08/3798272.htm

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