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Monday, March 16, 2009


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You haven't enabled comments on your post on hypocrisy (or at least I can't figure out how to comment on it). You may be interested to know that the Greek word hypokrites means, among other things, 'actor,' as one would see on stage. This is, I think, the immediate sense that it has in the gospels when Jesus uses it of the Pharisees. That fits quite well with what you've said about hypocrisy, and perhaps explains something more: a hypocrite is not merely someone who espouses high ideals but makes no attempt to live up to them, but frequently does so in order to *appear* high-minded to others.

And just to add another wrinkle, I take the meaning of a hypocrite to include expecting others to make an effort to live up to the ideals and criticizing them if they do not, yet not doing so themselves.


Your concept of "practical atheism" is a big improvement over cabbage atheism. A practical atheist will have no difficulties with the god in my livingroom. He can come and watch me and the family do the daily worship, then scoff "ok, so it's a god. Big deal, who cares?" and walk away. His apathy saves him. Not so the theoretical atheist. He will have to deny (mentally at least) the existence of the mahogany god in my living room.

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