Friday, November 10, 2006

REligions Don't deserve Special Treatment

Not a new idea but the above link is to one of the best short pieces I've come across on the topic.Here is a brief excert:

"It is time to reverse the prevailing notion that religious commitment is intrinsically deserving of respect, and that it should be handled with kid gloves and protected by custom and in some cases law against criticism and ridicule.

It is time to refuse to tip-toe around people who claim respect, consideration, special treatment, or any other kind of immunity, on the grounds that they have a religious faith, as if having faith were a privilege-endowing virtue, as if it were noble to believe in unsupported claims and ancient superstitions. It is neither. Faith is a commitment to belief contrary to evidence and reason, as between them Kierkegaard and the tale of Doubting Thomas are at pains to show; their example should lay to rest the endeavours of some (from the Pope to the Southern Baptists) who try to argue that faith is other than at least non-rational, given that for Kierkegaard its virtue precisely lies in its irrationality.

On the contrary: to believe something in the face of evidence and against reason - to believe something by faith - is ignoble, irresponsible and ignorant, and merits the opposite of respect. It is time to say so."

1 Comments:

Blogger Tim Presland said...

I agree with you that belief in the face of evidence and against reason is ridiculous. However I think we can believe things in addition to evidence and reason. My personal opinion is that it does no harm to make that imaginative leap and can in fact lead us on to greater truths.

8:24 AM  

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