Monday, May 4, 2009

Toasters, Chekhov, And The Mind Of God

Stanley Fish reflects on a new book by British writer Terry Eagleton:
[T]he fact that religion and theology cannot provide a technology for explaining how the material world works should not be held against them, either, for that is not what they do. When Christopher Hitchens declares that given the emergence of “the telescope and the microscope” religion “no longer offers an explanation of anything important,” Eagleton replies, “But Christianity was never meant to be an explanation of anything in the first place. It’s rather like saying that thanks to the electric toaster we can forget about Chekhov.”
Hat tip to Jim Lusby

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