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The traditional atheist/agnostic is indispensable to the intellectual world—Part I

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The fact that the scholarly community does not consider the new atheists’ contribution to intellectual debate an asset makes no real difference. They have been an overwhelmingly popular media hit.

From the media perspective, what’s not to like about the new atheists? Tenured academics shrieking insults worthy of a brat pack of drunken starlets catching out each other’s sexual indiscretions are dead easy to cover. The risks of misrepresenting anyone by falling below their intellectual level are very low.

Reasoned scholarly objections are not easy to cover. They don’t get the ink. Thus, increasingly, new atheists get to define what an atheist is, to a broad public.

No wonder if the traditional ones start to answer back. More.

One Reply to “The traditional atheist/agnostic is indispensable to the intellectual world—Part I

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    junkdnaforlife says:

    US media finally reporting accurately on the Shroud of turin, abc news:

    The Shroud of Turin Wasn’t Faked, Italian experts Say

    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/he.....perts-say/

    “The double image (front and back) of a scourged and crucified man, barely visible on the linen cloth of the Shroud of Turin has many physical and chemical characteristics that are so particular that the staining which is identical in all its facets, would be impossible to obtain today in a laboratory … This inability to repeat (and therefore falsify) the image on the Shroud makes it impossible to formulate a reliable hypothesis on how the impression was made.”

    The centuries-old shroud contains a faint impression of the front and back of a human body, along with blood, dirt and water stains from age.

    Many have long questioned the shroud’s authenticity, and others have suggested that it was faked during medieval times.

    The Italian researchers, who conducted dozens of hours of tests with X-rays and ultraviolet lights, said that no laser existed to date that could replicate the singular nature of markings on the shroud. They also said that the kind of markings on the cloth could not have come from direct contact of the body with the linen.

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