Further to my last piece on the intersection of religion and morality, I want to talk about the intersection of religion and intelligence. A lot of New Atheists are pretty derisive when it comes to the beliefs of the religious - a fair bit of mocking goes on, rightly pointing out the ridiculousness of some of the beliefs, but then extending this by laughing at the believers as though they were stupid, ignorant children.
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Friday, December 16, 2011
New Atheism, as a movement, spends a not-insignificant amount of time pointing out the evils done in the name of religion. We get criticised a lot for being constantly negative, for opposing certain religious practices with such fervour - as though we have no higher goal than to see religion consigned to the pages of history. Certainly, there are practices that we really do want to see the end of; things that have no place in modern society. And the sheer number of ways religion fosters intolerant, violent acts makes it pretty clear that religion is, as some have said, the root of all evil, right? Wrong.