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May 1, 2014

30 renowned writers on God and reason

From Open Culture


This past summer [2012], Jonathan Pararajasingham, a neurosurgeon in London, created a montage of 100 renowned academics, mostly all scientists, talking about their thoughts on the existence of God. (Find it in two parts here and here.)

Now's he back with a new video, 30 Renowned Writers Speaking About God. It runs 25 minutes, and it offers as much a critique of orthodox religious belief as it does a literary tribute to humanism and rationalism. Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, Philip Roth — they all make an appearance. The full list of writers appears below.

And, before we close, let me say this. Whenever we post videos like these, we get the question. Why the occasional focus on atheism/rationalism/humanism? And the simple answer comes down to this: If you cover writers, academics and scientists, the thinking skews in that direction. Yes, there are exceptions, but they are in shorter supply. But if someone pulls them together and makes a montage, we'll likely feature it too.


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May 1, 2014 at 04:01 AM | Permalink


Yaaaaay! The lights have been turned on again!!!!

Kiss. Kiss. Hugs too!

Posted by: Kay | May 5, 2014 5:03:11 PM

This is possibly one of the best articles I can relate to.

12 years of Catholic upbringing.

Unable to get satisfactory answers from the chosen.

I often thought something was wrong with me because I questioned everything religious.

I know a "Doubting Thomas" is a good thing.

I might not have the answer, but I am true to myself.

Posted by: Joe Peach | May 2, 2014 5:14:18 PM


Posted by: Jenny | May 2, 2014 9:03:31 AM

Yup. *deep sigh* yup.

Posted by: tamra | May 2, 2014 1:43:27 AM

Good to see you back, Joe.
XO Carol

Posted by: Carol Feldman | May 1, 2014 6:49:38 PM

Good to see you back, Joe.
XO Carol

Posted by: Carol Feldman | May 1, 2014 6:49:38 PM

Oh, there you are! How nice to have you back! I hope everything is great on your end. Thank you for being here!

Posted by: Jeff | May 1, 2014 5:18:23 PM

Glad to see my favorite blogging anesthesiologist back in the blogging business! Good to have a healthy dose of bookofjoe! ..t

Posted by: Tom | May 1, 2014 12:50:38 PM

Just wanted to say glad to have you back and hope everything is going well.

Posted by: Carl Overmiller | May 1, 2014 12:31:12 PM

A fresh dose of Joe. Nice to see more musings from your perspective. Give Gray Cat a nuzzle from me.

Posted by: Matt Penning | May 1, 2014 11:10:32 AM

Welcome back, Joe! I am happy beyond words to see you go live again and feel the joe energy!

May bookofjoe delight and bring joy to your spirit, even as it enthralls your readers.

With gratitude—


Posted by: Marianne | May 1, 2014 8:30:18 AM

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