Real men & women are skeptics

From: Jeff W.
Sent on: Thursday, May 22, 2008 12:20 PM

Real men are skeptics

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In Touchstone, Edward Tingley makes a bold statement when he suggests that "atheists aren't the skeptics they think they are." 

Unbelievers think that skepticism is their special virtue, the key virtue believers lack. Bolstered by bestselling authors, they see the skeptical and scientific mind as muscular thinking, which the believer has failed to develop. He could bulk up if he wished to, by thinking like a scientist, and wind up at the "agnosticism" of a Dawkins or the atheism of a Dennett-but that is just what he doesn't want, so at every threat to his commitments he shuns science. 

That story is almost exactly the opposite of the truth.

Tingley goes on to suggest that atheists and agnostics aren't skeptics at all and simply accept the common belief of their age.  "A seeker of truth has to go where the truth can be found, and to go on until it is found, and both the atheist and the agnostic are early quitters."  A real skeptic, says Tingley, is someone like Blaise Pascal.

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