Friday, May 11, 2007
Daniel Lazare on the resurgence of atheist ideas and the problem of solely being a contrarian. But he seems to fall to his own critique. He's good on showing the shortcomings of the latest rants but also does not put forward a program for a post-religious word.
I would propose a rational humanist vision based on Talmudic traditions of debate and dialectics. My atheist students tend to be some of the most thoughtful and creative although the A. adults I know tend to be cynical and dour. I'm not sure what this says but as a Catholic Atheist it seems the didactic nature of my catechism certainly did stick. What did Woody Allen say?, "they tried to beat religion into me."