Alexander The Great

April 24, 2008

Help me out with an Answer?

Filed under: Ethics — alexanderthegreatest @ 10:23 pm

Newsweek’s On Faith column asks its panel of contributors to comment on ‘new-atheist’ Christopher Hitchens. “Best-selling atheist Christopher Hitchens wrote: “Religion is violent, irrational, intolerant, allied to racism and tribalism and bigotry, invested in ignorance and hostile to free inquiry, contemptuous of women and coercive toward children.” Why is he right or wrong?”

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5 Comments »

  1. I don’t know why he’s grouping together Religion and Theism. While it may be true that many religions are violent, ignorant and such, that doesn’t automatically mean God doesn’t exist.

    Comment by James Lewitzke — April 25, 2008 @ 5:56 pm | Reply

  2. Christianity, only…

    “Religion is violent (the OT encourages genocide; the bible and related dogma encourage murder, bombings, and assault a la The Army of God), irrational (not only demands no evidence, but contradicts the evidence), intolerant (encourages racism, homophobia, and general hatred of those of different walks of life), allied to racism (anti-Semetism mostly) and tribalism (us vs. them) and bigotry (refer to intolerant, racist, etc.), invested in ignorance and hostile to free inquiry (anti-science and contradictory to the evidence), contemptuous of women (the bible and church dogma are both misogynistic) and coercive toward children (self-explanatory).

    Comment by chillinatthecabstand — April 28, 2008 @ 4:48 am | Reply

  3. Christopher Hitchens is an intelligent man; however, I believe he is seriously warped on his views concerning religion. The truth is man is violent, irrational, intolerant, allied to racism and tribalism and bigotry so forth and so forth. My religion does not lead to any of those things, in fact is the opposite.

    Comment by Phil — April 28, 2008 @ 10:13 am | Reply

  4. If you are a rationalist he is right. If you believe in fairytales because they make you feel good, then you probably feel he is wrong. The veracity of the “facts” (the impact of religion on human affairs) is coloured by whether you are a believer or not.

    Phil makes a comment that I find a bit worrying, am I to conclude that the only reason he has been dragged away from violent, irrational, intolerant racism, tribalism and bigotry is because of the leash of his religion? Or is he simply not a violent, bigoted, irrational, intolerant, tribal and racist person anyway? If so,surely his religious beliefs are irrelevant.

    Comment by Flocky — June 10, 2008 @ 10:33 am | Reply

  5. “Religion is violent, irrational, intolerant, allied to racism and tribalism and bigotry, invested in ignorance and hostile to free inquiry, contemptuous of women and coercive toward children.”

    I would like for him to specify which religion, but i’m assuming it’s Christianity. These are traits of men.

    Men can be violent, irrational, intolerant, allied to racism and tribalism and bigotry, invested in ignorance and hostile to free inquiry, contemptuous of women and coercive toward children. I’d like for someone to please quote me verses that says these ideas and actions are acceptable. The true message has been twisted. People in the posistion to do so have taken advantage of people’s faith for their own purposes.

    Racism is not taught anywhere in the bible. It says in the bible to NOT murder (it’s a commandment in fact). It says to turn the other cheek. Jesus never told his followers to fight back when he was beaten and crucified. He never led an army. The Quaran doesn’t say that someone who dies in a jihad will be forgiven of all sins, go straight to heaven and recieve 70 virgins. It is not hostile to inquiry, many times in the bible the prophets question god himself and question his existance or his purpose. There is no us vs them. Its a guideline of how to build a personal relationship with your creator. It’s where our dieas of liberty and justice come from.

    The focus of the religious discussion between atheists and christians is completely off target. The question isn’t whether or not there is a god, so everyone would appreciate it if no one took a negative tone towards someone’s personal beliefs. If christians/jews/muslims are being accused of being intolerant then that makes atheists hypocrits, they’re the most intoleant against religion.

    The focus of the debate should be the men using faith to promote their thoughts and justify their own personal actions. So here’s another point…hasn’t science been used the same way before? It’s the nature of men.

    Comment by Logan — June 20, 2008 @ 8:06 pm | Reply


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