1. Russell says belief in a future life is caused by what?
2. Our view of the universe as good or bad depends on what?
3. Why can there be no experience of a Deity?
4. When Russell looked back at "A Free Man's Worship" a quarter century after publishing it, what did he "still believe"? What had he abandoned?
5. What attitude does Russell detect in God's answer to Job?
6. What unites humanity?
Everybody post at least one, please, and be prepared to say a few words about it.
- What more is there to a person than "a series of experiences connected by memory and ...habit?" 89
- Does belief in Paradise reinforce pugnacity? 91
- COMMENT: "Those who have the best poison gas will have the ethic of the future and will therefore be the immortal ones." 92
- COMMENT: If the world is "the outcome of deliberate purpose, the purpose must have been that of a fiend." 93
- Should philosophy seek to give "comfort and consolation"? 95, 100
- Is the concept of timeless Reality relevant to life? 97
- Do you take Spinoza or any other philosophers "aesthetically"? What does that mean? 100
- Does our ability to examine, criticize, know, and create make us "superior"? 107
- "Shall we worship force or shall we worship goodness." 109 False dichotomy?
- Platonist Russell said we should "live constantly in the vision of the good." 110 What does that mean? Do you have to be a Platonist to do it?
- What do you think of Stoic resignation? 110
- COMMENT: "We must learn... that the world was not made for us." 111
- What's sacred about the "inexhaustible mystery of existence"? 113
Earth Week is coming, good time to listen to E.O. Wilson-
“It often occurs to me that if, against all odds, there is a judgmental God and heaven, it will come to pass that when the pearly gates open, those who had the valor to think for themselves will be escorted to the head of the line, garlanded, and given their own personal audience.”