RE: virus: Re: virus-digest V3 #70

David McFadzean (
Mon, 15 Mar 1999 11:55:10 -0700

At 01:26 PM 3/15/99 -0500, Sodom wrote:

>Nice thought - but wrong - Fear driven by faith. Necessitated by that faith.
>Reason cant make that claim. Reason cannot drive fear and does not fead fear
>or bloodlust or the others. Faith calls for death and destruction
>explicitly. That is the difference.

I'd like to take this opportunity to side with Reed for a change. Any belief can theoretically be justified by reason, you just have to pick the right premises. Don't you think any good racist can come up with a plethora of reasons for hating a given ethnic group? The real power of reason is that it provides an avenue for challenging the veracity of the assumptions. As long as they claim to be reasonable and play by the rules of rationality, you have a chance to convince them of the error in their ways (and, importantly, vice versa).

David McFadzean       
Memetic Engineer      
Church of Virus