Thursday, January 14, 2010

Not-So-Free Thinking

Enlightened critics of religion like to point to a history of intolerance of criticism in religion. So it is nice to see Terry Eagleton and Karen Armstrong in fifth place in the New Humanist's 2009 Bad Faith awards, with about six-and-a-half percent of the votes. The New Humanist's article points out "that both have written books this year criticising the New Atheists and mounting what some might call a more sophisticated defence of religion." Quite generally it seems that whenever people talk about important things, there will be those who find good criticism most irritating; and the more popular the philosophy, the more politics there will be.

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