David wrote:I can't help thinking it's a pretty weak analogy, though.
He readily concedes this in the beginning, though.
David wrote:The guy needs to raise his game a bit. Too much preaching to the choir, perhaps?
I fail to see how he's strictly preaching to the choir when he's intentionally making readers (of all stripes) uncomfortable. Besides, there's as much to chew on in that article for a theist as there is for the more secular among us. Also, the man should be commended for challenging his own assumptions, following the facts no matter where they lead, and for having the courage to do all this thinking out loud so that the rest of us have a chance to benefit from it. The fact that the article in question has a distinct atheistic angle to it doesn't diminish its broader appeal.
As for me, I think I'd be willing to shave a short amount of time off my life for "the pleasures of the hearth". But as Sam so incisively points out, there are broader ethical considerations.
Interesting stuff, IMO.