25th May 2009

“Why has religion's power seemed to keep on increasing? The first reason is a series of reactions and counter-reactions. Fundamentalist Islam, for instance, has helped spur radical Judaism and Hinduism, which in turn have reinforced the mullahs' fervour. Hamas owes much to Israel's settlers. Without Falwell, Messrs Hitchens and Dawkins would have smaller royalties.”

The Economist

2 Responses to “25th May 2009”

  1. Chris Says:

    I agree with the central thrust that the extremes push each other to greater extremes though I do NOT agree that the rationalist camp are “extremists”. It is fair to say that without the rise of the Christian right there may not have been a need for the so-called four horsemen – Dawkins, Dennett, Hitchens and Harris. The presence of a view that opposes fundamentalism does not make such opposition radical, reaction though it is. Secondly, recent studies make this quote out of date and we may have already seen the high water mark for fundamentalism. God willing.

  2. 999seo Says:

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