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From the Ted Talk by Alain de Botton: Atheism 2.0

Unscramble the Blue Letters

One of the most common ways of dividing the world is into those who believe and those who don't — into the religious and the atheists. And for the last decade or so, it's been quite clear what being an atheist manes. There have been some very vocal atheists who've pointed out, not just that religion is wrong, but that it's ridiculous. These people, many of whom have lived in North ofxrod, have agreud — they've argued that bneivielg in God is akin to believing in fairies and essentially that the whole thing is a cdiilhsh game.

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One of the most common ways of dividing the world is into those who believe and those who don't — into the religious and the atheists. And for the last decade or so, it's been quite clear what being an atheist _____. There have been some very vocal atheists who've pointed out, not just that religion is wrong, but that it's ridiculous. These people, many of whom have lived in North ______, have ______ — they've argued that _________ in God is akin to believing in fairies and essentially that the whole thing is a ________ game.

Solution

  1. childish
  2. believing
  3. means
  4. oxford
  5. argued

Original Text

One of the most common ways of dividing the world is into those who believe and those who don't — into the religious and the atheists. And for the last decade or so, it's been quite clear what being an atheist means. There have been some very vocal atheists who've pointed out, not just that religion is wrong, but that it's ridiculous. These people, many of whom have lived in North Oxford, have argued — they've argued that believing in God is akin to believing in fairies and essentially that the whole thing is a childish game.

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