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July 11, 2010

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woodchuck64

Your review link is garbled, a spurious "http//"

http://www.amazon.com/review/R20D9KAWPHHYN5/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

www.google.com/accounts/o8/id?id=AItOawnxJ4f7MH5TOcsHH4TXJwXvI_WUBM4iNr8

I do find it rather disingenuous for theists to proclaim that 'materialism is a religion' or 'atheism is a religion' as if that tu quoque were a productive solution to the sorts of problems under debate. It seems some theists are unable to conceive of any kind of worldview outside of their own. If Feser indulges in this kind of sophistry it doesn't bode well for the rest of his work.

That he goes from there to the Motivation Fallacy is not surprising. It is not at all uncommon to see such penny-ante antics from theists who have little confidence in their actual arguments and prefer to attack the source instead. Naturally we are interested in the motivations of others, and it is tempting to 'poison the well' in advance by saying "They're only saying that because..." But this is a self-consciously polemical work, and this is the level to which much 'debate' has descended.

Most naturalists are too busy investigating the real world and making useful contributions to society to waste much effort debunking the infinite variety of nonsense of the superstitious. It is only the official wool-gatherers who have time to pump out book after book trying to explain why their 'self evident' and 'simple' gods are so hard to prove and understand.

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