Thomas Nagel är professor i filosofi och rättsvetenskap vid New York University. Han skriver något ytterst intressant angående rädsla för religion (rädsla för Gud?):

In speaking of the fear of religion, I don’t mean to refer to the entirely reasonable hostility toward certain established religions and religious institutions, in virtue of their objectionable moral doctrines, social policies, and political influence. Nor am I referring to the association of many religious beliefs with superstition and the acceptance of evident empirical falsehood. I am talking about something much deeper — namely, the fear of religion itself.

I speak from experience, being strongly subject to this fear myself: I want atheism to be true and am made uneasy by the fact that some of the most intelligent and well-informed people I know are religious believers. It isn’t just that I don’t believe in God and, naturally, hope that I’m right in my belief. It’s that I hope there is no God! I don’t want there to be a God; I don’t want the universe to be like that…

My guess is that this cosmic authority problem is not a rare condition and that it is responsible for much of the scientism and reductionism of our time. One of the tendencies it supports is the ludicrous overuse of evolutionary biology to explain everything about life, including everything about the human mind.

(från The Last Word, 1997. s. 130-131)

Vissa vill helt enkelt inte att Gud ska existera. Många gömmer detta, tror jag, bakom dåliga argument. Därför är det uppfriskande att Nagel säger det rakt ut. Notera kopplingen han gör till vetenskapstro, reduktionism och ”överanvändning” av evolutionsbiologi. Mitt i prick, om ni frågar mig.