2015年12月25日 星期五

riposte, atheist, tome, agnosticism, village atheism


In 2015, the tensions between religious people and those without religion endured. Our most popular science post this year reported the surprising results of a team of neuroscientists studying generosity in religious people and atheists

Far from bolstering generosity, a religious upbringing diminishes it
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'Nothing to Be Frightened Of'
By JULIAN BARNES
Reviewed by GARRISON KEILLOR
With no faith in an afterlife, why should an agnostic fear death? On this simple question, Barnes hangs an elegant memoir and meditation, full of a novelist’s affection for his characters.

. Christians and Atheists Battle in London Bus Wars

By William Lee Adams / London
Believers and nonbelievers take their advertising campaigns to British public transport in a bid to woo public


1. on Page 38:
"However much the village atheism of a B. F. Skinner attempts to explain away human freedom and dignity, there remains the reality of the law of torts"

Vern Bullough and Bonnie Bullough write about the "Village Atheist Syndrome":
Perhaps the most obvious symptom is an inability to compromise, to get along with others.

Mr. Maher has already established his position as an agnostic in his HBO comedy series, “Real Time With Bill Maher.” A recent clash on the program with his frequent guest the blogger and author Andrew Sullivan, who is a Roman Catholic, illustrated how believers and those who doubt might as well be from different planets. They can argue with each other in fairly reasonable voices about politics, but not about faith.


Now, in a book written, according to its title page, “with” Roy Abraham Varghese — of whom more later — Flew tells the story of his “discovery of the divine.” This sounds like a victory for the faithful in the God wars: a welcome riposte to the atheist tomes of Richard Dawkins,


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Snoun [C]
a quick and clever remark, often made in answer to a criticism:
She made a sharp/witty/neat riposte.
━━ n., vi. 【フェンシング】すばやい突き返し(をする); 当意即妙の受け答え[しっぺ返し]; 当意即妙にやり返す, 言い返す[し].
n.
  1. Sports. A quick thrust given after parrying an opponent's lunge in fencing.
  2. A retaliatory action, maneuver, or retort.
intr.v., -post·ed, -post·ing, -postes.
  1. To make a return thrust.
  2. To retort quickly.
[French, alteration of obsolete risposte, from Italian risposta, answer, from feminine past participle of rispondere, to answer, from Latin respondēre. See respond.]


atheist
noun [C]無神論者。
someone who believes that God or gods do not exist
Compare agnostic.

atheist adjective (ALSO atheistic)

atheism
noun [U]:無神論(主義):指否認造物主(超越宇宙的位格神)存在的思想或態度。亦即否定神在人的生活、思想價值中扮演任何重要角色;事實上,每人或多或少都會有 某種神明的概念;而承認天主決不違背人性(尊嚴)。擁有理智和自由的人,經由造物主的安排,生活在社會中,藉以分享天主的幸福。只有無限美善的天主,和祂 預許的永生,才能破解生命中的痛苦、罪惡、死亡等等啞謎。

agnostic Show phonetics
noun [C]
someone who does not know, or believes that it is impossible to know, whether a god exists:
Although he was raised a Catholic, he was an agnostic for most of his adult life.
Compare atheist.

agnostic Show phonetics
adjective
having the beliefs of an agnostic

agnosticism Show phonetics
noun [U]

ag・nos・ti・cism


━━ n. (神についての)不可知論.


tome
noun [C] USUALLY HUMOROUS
a large heavy book:
She's written several weighty tomes on the subject.

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