I enjoyed Gay Byrne’s quotes. I’ve often thought I’d made a good interviewer as I can my bias out of things and I’m usually aware of the places where I am biased and how that might be perceived.
I also appreciated the clarity of Fry:
“When I issue a statement it stays issued and you’d be a very brave person to take me on.’”
A combination of the two traits can make for a very strong individual, one who is fair and impartial but whose words can have a strong easy staying power behind them if they *do* issue a strong opinion.
Fry’s arguments regarding God however, seemed somewhat typically ridiculous and shortsighted. “Why would a God create [insert bad thing]?”
Or like the questioning believer’s paradox, “Why do bad things happen to good people?”
The believer’s answer is: “God’s will”
The unbelievers answer is: “Randomness”.
To me, same thing. No contradiction.. I don’t know if it’s either God’s will *or* randomness or part of a discernible pattern.
But “it is what it is”? yeah, I can go with that. To me, that’s ultimately what “God’s will” or “randomness” means ultimately in that context.