Friday, March 28, 2008

Religion Is Now A Potential Ally Of Radical Social Change

Militant secularists are becoming apologists for capitalism and war, but the struggle is within faiths, not against them.

For the militant secularists whose voices have grown ever louder in recent years, O'Brien's is the only face of religion that matters. This has been the decade of liberal rage against religion, reflected in the runaway success of books like Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion and Christopher Hitchens' God Is Not Great. In the eyes of secular absolutists - whose attitudes uncannily mirror those of religious literalists - religion is simply an intellectual travesty, a perverse belief in a supernatural being and an affront to the enlightenment that refuses to die. As the novelist Martin Amis declared recently: "Opposition to religion occupies the high ground, intellectually and morally."


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