[Buddha-l] Re: Driving to Religion

Richard Hayes rhayes at unm.edu
Wed Dec 26 20:34:49 MST 2007

On Wed, 2007-12-26 at 17:43 -0800, Katherine Masis wrote:

> My point in my last post was that there is nothing wrong with asking
> questions such as “Why is there something rather than nothing?” 

Of course not. As far as I can see, no one has suggested that there is
anything wrong with asking unnecessary questions that can't be answered.
That the questions cannot be answered is no problem, because there is no
need to answer them anyway.

>  Asking them may lead to religion, to philosophy, and yes, to
> meditation.

Besides, it can lead to hours of fun and laughter.

>   I think that the postings on Buddha-L regarding Paul Williams’
> conversion reflect a mixture of emotional reactions and intellectual
> curiosity regarding Williams’ personal process

Probably the best way to satisfy that curiosity is to read his book or
any one of several articles he has written on the topic. Perhaps we
should have a separate list for those who have actually read what
Williams has said. Then we on buddha-l could speculate to our heart's
content, completely untrammelled by information or knowledge.

Richard Hayes
Department of Philosophy
University of New Mexico

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