Philosophy

Email to Andrew

This is an email I wrote to Andrew today:

Andrew,

The quote you linked to yesterday (http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2007/05/quote_for_the_d_21.html) has got to be the worst definition of faith that I've ever seen. I don't think I know anyone, believer or unbeliever, that thinks faith has anything to do with open-mindedness. Indeed, by definition, faith neccessitates a closed mind. To have faith is to have a preconceived notion of "truth." You have faith in God, so as you've said yourself, nothing could ever convince you that he is not real. You've closed your mind to the possibility. You cling to your belief. You open your mind only on condition that it fits in with your preconceived notions. For someone who normally criticizes the Orwellian co-opting of language, you don't seem to mind when it relates to your religion.

Wes Fenza
Cartman

Introduction

This LJ community is set up as an attempt to solve Andrew's dilemma about whether or not to allow comments on his blog. This community has no affiliation with or endorsement from Andrew Sulliva, the Atlantic, or any member of their staff. It is a completely independent community. In this way, Andrew bears no responsibility for what is said here, and everyone can speak freely without worrying about implicating Andrew, The Atlantic, or anyone associated with them.

Anyone who would like to post is welcome. Please include in your subject line, or in your first paragraph, to which post of Andrew's you are responding, and please provide a link to said post. Thank you, and enjoy.