Is "not necessary" a healthier (and cleverer) response than "disbelief"?

We are all familiar with Pierre-Simon Laplace's famous retort to Napolean on the omission of god from his work on astronomy: "I had no need of that hypothesis."

Is that a more "got-it-together" response than I do not believe or I reject?

Alex's Heresies - Embracing a Physical Reality

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Comment by Scott on November 5, 2009 at 10:53pm
Exactly! Really it isn't even the incessant banter, it is those sweet 10-15 seconds of uncomfortable silence that makes it all worth the effort! LOL
Comment by Alex McCullie on November 5, 2009 at 7:47pm
Taking the high moral ground is laudable but turning the knife can be delightful!!
Comment by Scott on November 5, 2009 at 5:43pm
I suppose it is but there are times I like to jump in the ring and have a no holds barrred, blood boiling argument as well. I think debate can be healthy as well. It helps shape our own position even if they feel it validates theirs. I must admit, it is entertaining to get the fundies caught up in all their contradictions and watch them try to wriggle their way out of the hole they dig for themselves! LOL!

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