I hope this is not wrong :)
- The availability of "The Heathen..." in ebook form has encouraged me
to go around posting comments of the following form, e.g., on the
Human beings have a natural tendency to look for meaning and
purpose out there in the universe.
Actually, meaning and purpose questions can be posed only in a
religious framework (religion here indicates a system with
Christianity as an exemplar); and cultures that don't have religion
(e.g., Buddhism is not a religion) don't pose "meaning of life" questions.
Therefore human beings don't have a natural tendency to look for
meaning and purpose in the universe, because those questions did not
arise universally, but only in religious cultures, simultaneous with
or after the rise of the religion.
(The idea that religion is a human cultural universal is a nice
piece of theology masquerading as knowledge, the argument is too big
to fit in the margin, but the argument is now available on the web in
the ebook here: