"To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, ... and while some choose to call that reality God, it remains impenetrable for all of us."
-- Albert Einstein (an atheist)
In a recent Boston Globe editorial entitled "Earnest atheists look for God", columnist James Carroll discussed both the MA Pledge of Allegiance supreme court case (that we discussed last time) and a book by Ronald Dworkin, "Religion Without God". (There's an excerpt at the New York Review of Books and an excellent review at The New York Times.)
Carroll's assertion is that we need a "more reasoned discussion of what God, and the belief in God, brings to the world" and that Dr. Dworkin provides it. Paul Jameson will report what he took away from reading Dworkin's book. You're welcome to read the editorial or excerpt at the links above and watch Dr. Dworkin explain his thesis on video at the Bern University Einstein Lecture archive.