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adamd164's Avatar Jump to comment 16 by adamd164

Ruse makes some sweeping generalisations about the beliefs of the "new atheists".

Assuming he includes within this group those of us who do not think that Dawkins' dismissal of theological fodder was dishonest or inaccurate, then he'd better explain on what basis he claims us all to think that religion is solely a source of evil?

Plenty of us are prepared to accept that both good and evil can be done in the name of religion; we merely contend that religiousity per se is not necessary for goodness, and that certain acts of evil could not have had secular inspiration (suicide bombings, I agree with Dawkins, fall into this category).

Ruse is just as dismissive and ignorant of the "new atheism" movement as he claims us to be of theology; yet our arguments are far more lucid and substantive than those of any theologian.

Mon, 02 Nov 2009 18:15:00 UTC | #410662