"The View" have done it again.
To start with I should remind you that the last time we ran in with the host Sherri Shepard on the view, she was admitting to not knowing if the "Earth was round or flat".
This time it started so promisingly. I totally support chat shows discussing "important" topics. It seems in this episode of "The View" they were talking about the excellent Epicurus - a near enough Atheist, and one of the first incredibly wise writers on why Religion, all in all, was a bit shit.
He said such wonderfully insightful comments as:
Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then He is not omnipotent.
Is He able, but not willing? Then He is malevolent.
Is God both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil?
Is He neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?
Why should I fear death? If I am, death is not. If death is, I am
not. Why should I fear that which can only exist when I do not?
(Which I took from Jonathan Miller’s excellent ‘A Short History of Disbelief’ - but more can be found here.)
His insight is all the more the impressive when you realise this was 400 years before the birth of Christ.
As such, it makes the conversation that follows even more embarrassing - and after 2400 years of 'progress.'
We've let Epicurus down.