Friday, April 18, 2008
I like watching HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, but I like the show even more when he has legitimate religious intellectuals like Cornel West to keep him honest in his "amateur atheism." West got Maher to concede tonight that rationalists can be just as dogmatic in their thought processes as religionists are in their theologies. Rationalist Maher looks a lot more reasonable when he has a loyal nemesis or two on his panels. His criticism of the papacy carries much more weight with me when he can also find a way to concede that there are progressive Catholics who work for social justice.