“The conscience, the conscience” Cromwell scoffs.
Sir Thomas turns and regards him coolly.
“The word is not familiar to you?” he asks.
“By God, too familiar!” the Master Secretary roars, “I am very used to hear it on the lips of criminals.”
“I am used to hear bad men misuse the name of God, yet God exists” More replies, as cool as ever. ~ ‘A Man for All Seasons’ by Robert Bolt
I was listening to a TED talk the other day on this topic by philosopher Jim Holt. In a detailed manner he described the puzzle of existence and explained why it cannot simply be “pushed back” one level by saying “big bang did it” or “the multiverse did it”, because the question is more fundamental than so: it is not just about why this or that happened but why anything happens, why there are whys.
As an atheist…
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