Dan O'Connell was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He attended a Catholic grade school and high school, and served as an altar boy. In 1982 he earned a BS in Mathematics from Cleveland State University, and he has worked as an aerospace engineer for the past thirty years. He has acquired and read a good many books on the subject of religion and religious faith and he is now quite passionate in his nonbelief.
Given the overwhelming majority people of faith have in holding positions of leadership in this country, we must not fear to ask: what role does the willingness to treat unsubstantiated and even absurd suppositions that haven't a shred of evidence to support them as unassailable facts play in their decision-making process? And what role should it play?
"One huge problem I have with football (one that certainly crops up elsewhere in our society) is the preponderance of players and coaches who continually invoke the Almighty as a major force in their lives, and in the progress of their careers. Certainly if they're hell-bent, so to speak, on deluding themselves about the nature of the universe and their place in it, that's their own affair. But at the start of the 2009 season, I noticed yet another reminder about the level many football players (and other athletes, to be sure) are willing to take this nonsense to."
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