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Unfortunate atheists?

There’s been some talk about Christopher Hitchens’s revelation that Karl Rove is an atheist and the way Rove phrased his answer. Here’s what he said:

I’m not fortunate enough to be a person of faith.

Yglesias and Jon Chait think this is condescending. Ezra Klein agrees with Rove’s sentiment:

I’ve never said this before, and never will again, but I’m with Karl Rove. I deeply envy individuals of faith, and would happily bargain away whatever satisfaction I supposedly derive from my bold freethinking for a sense of serenity, a perceived connection to a more permanent and grounding plane, and a steadying faith in the continuation of my consciousness.

As with other things, I sort of understand that position, but I can’t really relate to it. For whatever reason, I’m not particularly worried about death, I don’t feel alone, etc. At least, not in any sense that I can imagine faith rectifying. Granted, I can’t actually imagine being a believer at this point, so perhaps that’s a meaningless comment.

Is there really any peace to be found in religion? I see a lot of neurotic religious people and a lot of normal religious people. It looks like they’d be that way no matter what.

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  1. May 7, 2007 at 11:04 am

    Heh. Ezra’s answer sounds condescending, too, cloaked as it is in the guise of earnestness: “ah, who wouldn’t want the security of faith instead of the bold recklessness of agnosticism?” Hahaha!

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