The Jury Talks Back

2/25/2009

Thank God Atheists Take Religion Seriously

Filed under: Uncategorized — Fritz @ 12:13 pm

Maurice O’Sullivan at the Wall Street Journal writes:

Why should believers welcome this emergence of unbelief? Why not? We should be glad that there are people, even the devil’s disciples, who take religion seriously enough to attack it, especially in these days when God seems to appear only in quarrels over holiday displays, during political campaigns or on the self-help shelves of Barnes & Noble. Should the primary goal of religion really be to fund municipal crèches, allow politicians to end every speech with the tag “And God bless America,” or inspire works like “Tea With God: A Divinely Inspired Self-Help Book” and “The Christian Entrepreneur: How to Profit From Your God-Given Idea”?

In attacking the cloistered monks and nuns of my Roman Catholic Church, the brilliant, if occasionally logorrheic, John Milton wrote in his defense of free speech, “Areopagitica,” that “I cannot praise a fugitive and cloistered virtue, unexercised and unbreathed.” And what will possibly make us exercise and breathe more fully than challenges by intelligent, thoughtful opponents?

h/t: Your Moral Leader

2 Comments

  1. Good point.

    Most people are practical atheists anyway, living their lives as if there is no God. O’Sullivan shows more faith in the idea of God than those who do not give it a second thought.

    Comment by Amphipolis — 2/25/2009 @ 1:38 pm

  2. Religion is a powerful and dangerous thing. It should not be confused with living in accordance with what priests preach. The priests, themselves, are riding on the back of a tiger.

    Comment by nk — 2/25/2009 @ 5:14 pm

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