Bleak indeed

Regarding Jeff Jacoby’s “Atheists’ bleak alternative”, all I can say is that I really cannot believe such a foolish article can be published in one modern newspaper, let alone two. I know “tis the season to have a cultural debate over religious symbols shown in public”, but really, this defence of mythology as truth is disheartening for any rational mind.

“Judeo-Christian monotheism — is society’s best bet for restraining our worst moral impulses and encouraging our best ones.”

Oh, right. So, we’ll just ignore all the historical evidence of sectarian violence, anti-Semitism, slavery, genocide and every other horrific crime religion has been used to justify in the past, shall we?

And what is this “atheist zealotry” he finds so “alarming”? That a tiny handful of learned people have written a few books saying in plain English that, despite popular belief, things that you can’t see are — surprise, surprise — not there?

If the only reason a person can find to act decently towards fellow human beings is fear of punishment in an imaginary afterlife, then I think that person has a pretty bleak outlook on life indeed. Thankfuly, even the author doesn’t believe his own argument, as he says:

“Obviously this doesn’t mean that religious people are always good, or that religion itself cannot lead to cruelty. Nor does it mean that atheists cannot be beautiful, ethical human beings.”

Advertisements

No comments yet

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: