In The LEGO Movie, average construction worker Emmet is told he is the Special, the prophesied saviour of the Lego world from Lord Business, who wants to use his superweapon the Kragle to freeze all activity in the Lego world. At the movie’s (seeming) climax, Emmet sacrifices himself to save the Lego world by jumping into the Vortex of Nothingness.
Hann tók baunirnar, gjörði þér þakkir, gerði úr þeim súpu, lagði saltketið í þær, gaf þeim og sagði: Takið og etið, þetta er síðasti kjötbitinn sem þér fáið í 40 daga. Gjörið þetta þangað til þér springið.
Now I think the law is less about God loves you and wants you to be happy and more about the fact that God loves your neighbor and wants to protect them from you. And God loves and wants to protect you in so far as you are also someone’s neighbor.
The researchers concluded, shockingly, that humans need to be right and acknowledged as right, at least some of the time, to be happy. In politics, people often note that there can be no peace without justice, and that’s true of the domestic sphere as well.
If a committed creationist wrote a book called The Evolution Delusion, but only attacked the general public’s understanding of evolution, we’d naturally dismiss them as disingenuous. We’d demand, instead, that they seek out what the best and most acclaimed minds in the field had concluded about evolution, then try dismantling that.
Which is also why atheists should read Hart’s book: to deny themselves the lazy option of sticking to easy targets. Perhaps you’ll come away convinced. But even if all you do is clearly articulate why you think he’s completely wrong, you’ll be helping to lift the discussion far above what usually passes for debates about religion.