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Agnostic and doing just fine

December 24th, 2010 · No Comments

When the 2001 census-takers descended upon London, Ont., they found 83,680 people who described their religious beliefs as agnostic, atheist, humanist, non-existent or some “other response” such as “Darwinism.” (The census didn’t specify the number of smart-asses.) Assuming the numbers hold nearly a decade later, that makes roughly one in five Londoners pretty much godless. They outnumber Muslims by a factor of seven, Jews by a factor of 45. They’re everywhere, these people.

And they’re miserable. Or so Ian Hunter, professor emeritus at London’s University of Western Ontario, seems to think. “By and large,” he wrote in Tuesday’s National Post, “the appeal of agnosticism … is that it gives the illusion of a safe harbour in a roiling sea when, in fact, it … leaves the voyager without a compass (for Christians, the Bible); without a guide (for Christians, Jesus Christ); without a destination (for Christians, heaven); and without a hope (for Christians, resurrection).”

Blimey. If that’s the agnostics, imagine the despair of the atheists!

Read more: http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/columnists/Agnostic+doing+just+fine/4022161/story.html#ixzz193VimDvF

Tags: atheism · Science & Religion

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