Against Humanism

Against Humanism

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Argued from the atheist point of view, the theory is that some views of humanism amount to little more than a different object of worship.

A passage I found particularly impressive and wonderful:

The moral of all this is, I think, that Hitchens is simply wrong. The poison does not come from religion itself but from political misuses of it. The kinds of idea that we class as religious actually range from the excellent to the awful, from the poisonous to the most nourishing. But there is a general tendency for new imaginative ways of understanding life to emerge from religious thinking – that is, from thoughts which go beyond current human horizons. This is bound to happen simply because they have quite new kinds of truth to convey. 

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