November 23, 2005

FLAWED FOUNDATION, FAWLTY TOWER:

Face to faith: Religion's insight that human beings are essentially flawed gives it the edge over secularism (Nicholas Buxton, November 19, 2005, The Guardian)

Without religion's insight that human beings are essentially flawed, we lose all checks on our hubristic pride, and risk making a false god of our own scientific genius, even though there is no evidence to support the belief that society advances in tandem with science. While I don't deny the reality of religiously motivated violence, the fact is that for much of the last century, atheist regimes pursuing enlightenment ideals inflicted massive suffering on their own people. Perhaps we'd actually be better off if we were all a bit more, rather than less, religious.

Which is why secular societies, despite the best intentions of the rationalists/humanists/etc., end up so indecent.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 23, 2005 5:43 PM
Comments

Newsflash: It's got nothing to do with religion. Human beings just like doing nasty things to each other. If religion is a convenient-to-hand excuse for it, they'll seize upon religion (e.g., the Inquisitions); if some atheistic ideology like Marxism is a convenient-to-hand excuse for it, they'll seize upon Marxism (e.g., Mao's massacres).

Posted by: Tom at November 27, 2005 8:56 AM

Why should a Marxist society tolerate those who believe in freedom?

Posted by: oj at November 27, 2005 9:03 AM

Can't think of a reason - my point.

Posted by: Tom at November 27, 2005 9:19 AM
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