11th July 2011

“All over the world, the small incremental gains made by secularism, which give us the space to doubt, question and make up our own minds are being beaten back by belligerent demands that we respect religion.”

Johann Hari

5 Responses to “11th July 2011”

  1. Dan Says:

    Encountering resistance? Yes for sure. Fiercely. But being beaten back? Overall, not so much I think.

  2. CaptainZero Says:

    I’m with you, Dan. Far from being beaten back, rational thought is enjoying the beginning of a renaissance. Before 10 years ago, I’d never heard of apologetics, a well named field if ever there was one, and I have to say their counter-arguments range from unimpressive to pathetic to a thinking mind. The “respect” argument is more recent and I’ve heard the religious try to erect it like an umbrella over all religions I suppose as a rear-guard attempt to sue for peace as non-overlapping magesteria. This just tells you we got ’em where we want ’em.

    Which would all be great if we weren’t all going to !!HELL!! (Hell, I tell you!!!)

  3. CaptainZero Says:

    P.S. – I know apologetics are as old as religion. I just wasn’t aware of the need for an entire field of study devoted to explaining why the crap in the holy books makes sense if you just squint. It’s gettin’ a workout now, boy.

  4. solomon Says:

    I notice someone is using my !!HELL!! trademark!
    You could be sued.

  5. Dan Says:

    Solly,
    Does that mean Captain can’t join us in !!HELL!! (Hell, I tell you!!!) ?