New Statesman: Atheism and Childish Certainties

Great line in The New Statesman in a review of de Botton’s Religion for Atheists:

The paradox of an immensely powerful mind mistrusting the intellect is not new. Pascal needed intellectual humility because he had so many reasons to be proud of his intelligence. It is only the illiteracy of the current generation of atheists that leads them to think religious practitioners must be stupid or thoughtless. Were Augustine, Maimonides and al-Ghazali – to mention only religious thinkers in monotheist traditions – lacking in intellectual vitality? The question is absurd but the fact it can be asked at all might be thought to pose a difficulty for de Botton. His spirited and refreshingly humane book aims to show that religion serves needs that an entirely secular life cannot satisfy. He will not persuade those for whom atheism is a militant creed. Such people are best left with their certainties, however childish.

Worth reading it all, if for no other reason than to explore de Botton’s attempts to galvanize atheism beyond something purely skeptical.

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Atheist thinkers have rejected and at times supported religion for many different reasons. The 19th-century anarchist Max Stirner rejected religion as a fetter on individual self-assertion. Bakunin, Marx and Lenin rejected it because it obstructed socialist solidarity, while Nietzsche hated religion (specifically, Christianity) because he believed that it had led to ideologies of solidarity such as socialism. Auguste Comte, an atheist and virulent anti-liberal, attempted to create a new church of humanity based on science.

In contrast, the French atheist and proto-fascist Charles Maurras, an admirer of both Comte and Nietzsche, was an impassioned defender of the Catholic Church. John Stuart Mill – not exactly an atheist but not far off – tried to fuse Comte’s new religion with liberalism. In marrying atheism with very different ethical and political positions, none of these thinkers was confused or inconsistent. simple persuasive essay topics apcalis dysfunction erectile levitra viagra professional essay writing services levitra deep river https://eagfwc.org/men/viagra-minute-clinic/100/ how to write a perfect college essay cover letter example career transition children of the holocaust essay essay technology nowadays how to write a business letter selling a product get link click source site quanto demora pro viagra fazer efeito https://grad.cochise.edu/college/english-thesis-template/20/ depression paper diploma thesis conclusion best viagra in uk http://bookclubofwashington.org/books/cheap-essay-writer/14/ examples of research introduction paper click here https://recyclesmartma.org/physician/precio-del-viagra-en-las-farmacias/91/ essay generator online education administrator sample resume figurative language essay generic viagra cheap http://www.conn29th.org/university/quality-papers.htm viagra marlborough viagra administration and dosage resume programming languages list follow site Atheism can go with practically anything, since in itself it amounts to very little.

Ouch… but witheringly accurate.

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