Yawn...this is getting so old. One point I would like to make with reference to Shawn Miller's post is that indeed Airbus' phylosophy was at the outset too much computer orientated but they have since admitted that perhaps they were a bit to heavy on the computer side and have implemented changes in the cockpit systems. If all goes bizerk there is this little red button on the side stick which gives the pilot direct control, so it can be flown just like any old plane.
One reason Airbus had to review their philosophy a bit was that many pilots had a lot of trouble transitioning to the new technology and indeed many pilots had finger trouble as well. Remember, this was back in 1987 and computers were not nearly as widely spread as nowadays, hence many pilots hadn't worked with them. And it certainly helps to be computer literate if you transition onto the Airbus.
The crash at the airshow where the plane flew into the trees was not the plane's fault but in fact the pilot's fault, although there were mitigating circumstances. Essentially the pilot thought the plane would add power by itself if he just pulled back on the stick, which it does, except when it's below 100 ft radio altitude (for landing purposes, you don't want it to add power in the flare). So, he didn't know the full extend of the automatics and that is where the danger lies in these modern planes (same applies to modern Boeings by the way). One could of course also wonder what the heck this pilot was doing below 100 ft radio altitude in a fly by, but let that pass for now.
Automatics and finger trouble were also the cause of the crash into the Alps. They dialed the wrong thing into the autopilot panel, which could be forgiven. What can not be forgiven is that there were many other primary and secondary clues that they had dialed in the wrong setting, which they did not pick up.
Then there was the Indian Airlines crash which (pardon me) was just plane stupidity by the pilots.
As for my opinion about the 737, I think it's a very useful and versitile aircraft but it probably doesn't have quite the same passenger appeal on acount of it's narrower cabin.
One little joke then, in reference to the above crashes:
Q:Why do they call the A-320 John Wayne ?
A: It cut's down trees, climbs mountains and kills Indians.
Enough said for one day