7th May 2008

“I don't see that religion is particularly bad, but at certain historical moments it is very dangerous and this is one of them. There is a risk that we will undermine the West, that we will go back to the religious wars of the 17th century.”

Professor Simon Blackburn

3 Responses to “7th May 2008”

  1. Critic Says:

    From Simon Blackburn’s review of Dawkin’s A Devil’s Chaplain: Reflections on Hope, Lies, Science, and Love

    Evolution and biology have been and still are frequent targets of those infected by religion. [emphasis is mine]

    Per previous discussions regarding the state of the religious mind, it seems that Professor Blackburn would agree with the idea that it is a pathological condition.

    I would liken religion to a splinter in the brain that becomes a swollen pustule inflicting sympathetic damage to all logical functions of the brain/mind.

  2. Bornagain A. Theist Says:

    I was unaware of Professor Blackburn, but with the data provided by “Critic”, I am even more perplexed at the statement made by Simon, “I don’t see that religion is particularly bad”.

    It IS particularly bad BECAUSE it is a pathological condition. The way atheists are greeted and treated by religionists is patently absurd, as indicated by, “it is very dangerous.”


  3. Terence Meaden Says:

    “Religion is rotten through and through, insofar as it is about beliefs in untruths.” TM

    Nevertheless, at the level of some individuals’ feeble philosophical aptitudes some religions can provide cerebral satisfaction and solace.

    Great dangers from religion arise when brain-challenged fundamentalists take over and impose bigoted world views on indoctrinated weaklings. One may, though, remain cautiously confident that the current surge of christian fundamentalism in the USA can eventually be restricted through a return to the power of proper fully-scientific education. The greatest dangers come from the rise of grovelling Islam, especially within over-tolerant western countries whose christian-religious politicians are sleepwalking towards long-term disaster.