Toxic Atheism: Don't Put Your Lips On It!
October 22, 2012 6:18 AM Subscribe
Chris Steadman, in Salon Magazine,
argues that the problem with New Atheism is that it's too militant and uncompromising. If atheists refuse to engage with and respect the religious like he does, Steadman claims, we'll never realize "our shared potential to overcome the false dichotomies that keep us apart."
"I was not naïve then, nor am I now, to the atrocities committed in the name of religion around the world. I do not pretend that religion has not played a sizable role in a great many conflicts since people first began to conceive of it, or that it does not do so today. Historically, religion has been at the center of many atrocities — this is an undeniable, important fact. But I also know that at various points in history religion has been an enormous force for liberation [sic]. Religion has changed, reformed, and revolutionized the world, and it will continue to do so as long as it is central to the human story."
This post was deleted for the following reason: This thread seems to be the Same Old Argument about atheists vs theists and not even done in a particularly interesting way. If we're going to have a discussion we've had a hundred times before it might be better to have more than a single GRR Salon post about it to kick things off. Thanks for understanding. -- jessamyn