Who knows?

April 13th, 2011

We live in an age of extremism. Our politics is stained by the polarization of left and right. Even our entertainment, leisure and shopping is often shaped by the red state and blue state divide. Underlining all of this is not just our politics, but the culture wars that revolve around fundamental religious belief. In fact, nothing has become more extreme and more polarized then religion itself. But is there an alternative to religious extremism? As we seek middle ground in our politics, driven by good will and good intentions, can we in fact find a middle ground between the extreme views of fundamentalism and atheism? Famed prosecutor Vince Bugliosi thinks so. In fact he thinks that agnosticism is not only that middle ground, but that its the real position of morality and faith.

With the same verve with which he prosecuted Charles Manson, examined the Kennedy assassination and successfully prosecuted 105 criminal jury trials in the L.A. District Attorney's office, he now takes on the religious extremists (Divinity of Doubt: The God Question)who, as they have in the past, threaten to take down civilization itself. My conversation with Vince Bugliosi: