You’ve no doubt heard the Shahadah, the Islamic declaration of faith, once or twice, the first part of which runs Lā ilāha illā-llāh, “There is no god but God (Allah)”, right? It has occurred to me more than once that if you drop the last two words of that, you’ve pretty much said what has to be said.
I’m currently reading Christopher Hitchens god is not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything. And rather enjoying it, I must say. This passage, from near the bottom of p. 87, chimed in nicely with the above when I read it this morning (emphasis added):
Aristotle, whose reasoning about the unmoved mover and the uncaused cause is the beginning of this argument, concluded that the logic would necessitate forty-seven or fifty-five gods. Surely even a monotheist would be grateful for Ockham’s razor at this point? From a plurality of prime movers, the monotheists have bargained it down to a single one. They are getting ever nearer to the true, round figure.
This is the first thing I can remember reading by “Hitch”, as fans seem to refer to him. It’s always nice to read something by someone who can write well. (I’ve read some real stinkers, mostly fiction, over the last year, too.)