Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Atheism and violence

Edward T. Oakes, commenting on the recent spate of atheist tracts:
Books advocating atheism have recently been enjoying a modest boomlet. .... But their arguments are shopworn, stale hand-me-downs and threadbare heirlooms inherited from an era that was fading away even before the French Revolution had made the connection between atheism and violence clear to any fair observer. [much more]
From the enthronement of the Goddess of Reason in Notre Dame to the "opiate of the proletariat," atheism as the antidote to violence has been a notable failure. John Lennon's Imagine isn't exactly historically informed.

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