By A C Grayling
In a chain of daring, unsparing polemics, A C Grayling exposes the damaging unreason he sees on the center of non secular religion and highlights the pressing desire we need to reject it in all its kinds, with no compromise. instead he argues for a collection of values in line with cause, mirrored image, and sympathy, taking his cue from the good moral culture of Western philosophy.
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Let us hope, in the interest of limiting religion-inspired conflict round the world, that they hurry up on their journey hither. And then perhaps we can have a proper discussion about the ethical principles of mutual concern, imaginative sympathy and courageous tolerance on which 31 the chances for individual and social flourishing rest. We need to meet one another as human individuals, person to person, in a public domain hospitable to us all, independently of the Babel of divisive labels people impose on others or adopt for themselves.
He is wrong: there are three kinds of people; these two, and those who know a dogma when it barks, when it bites, and when it should be put down. Even some on my own side of the argument here make the mistake of thinking that the dispute about supernaturalistic beliefs is whether they are true or false. Epistemology teaches us that the key point is about rationality. If a person gets wet every time he is in the rain without an umbrella, yet persists in hoping that the next time he is umbrella-less in the rain he will stay dry, then he is seriously irrational.
Perhaps this might count as news too, to all those wishing to know the name of God. There is a biochemistry professor at Lehigh University in the United States called Michael J. Behe, darling of the Creationists, who says that biological structures are ‘irreducibly complex’ and their existence can therefore only be explained by invoking a divine designer. This absurd argument, which alleges a mystery (the existence of complex biological structures) and claims to solve it by introducing an arbitrary and even greater mystery (the existence of a deity), has exactly the logical force of saying that the shapes of clouds are designed by Fred.
Against All Gods: Six Polemics on Religion and an Essay on Kindness (Oberon Masters) by A C Grayling