An Atheist Defends Religion: Why Humanity Is Better Off with by Bruce Sheiman

By Bruce Sheiman

A new perspective.

Defending faith as a cultural establishment within the face of resurgent atheistic idea. for hundreds of years, the theism-atheism debate has been ruled by way of positions: stringent believers devoted to the "yes, there's a God" argument, and atheists vehemently pushed to repudiate not just God, but in addition faith as a cultural establishment. thus far, this can be the 1st and in basic terms mainstream publication during which a nonbeliever criticizes atheism and affirms faith. An Atheist Defends faith persuasively argues that faith is overwhelmingly worthy for humanity, whether God exists, in line with a brand new paradigm of 10 affirmative dimensions that make up non secular event. It additionally places to relaxation the speculation that faith is at the back of lots of the world's sectarian violence by way of displaying that faith turns into evil while it really is politicized. Readers will research they don't have to be fundamentalists to be believers, and concerning the price and merits of faith itself.

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But they have all been more or less staunch in their insistence that strong, violent emotion—the sort that is said to sweep us away—is at best untoward and often disastrous, even fatal. 3 Why should spirituality always be considered quiet, calm, solemn? Spirituality is also that erotic conception of life suggested by such poets as Homer, Byron, and (Allen) Ginsberg, occasionally weighted down with despair and Weltschmertz, perhaps, but part and parcel of an erotic spirituality that goes back to Plato, the Orphic religions, Hebrew mysticism, and the early Christians.

Or, more in line with our experience, we believe (on wholly naturalistic grounds) without appeal to any imposed ideal that there is something of worth in virtually every human being. Every human being (and not necessarily only human beings) has many of the same emotions, enjoys many similar pleasures, suffers much the same pains and liabilities, and is therefore worthy of some respect and fair treatment. We do not need to be told by a higher authority that we are created equal. It is enough that we discover and mutually develop intuitions and institutions of equality and, even more important, of mutual respect.

Spirituality has no boundaries. It is not exclusive (except in the sense that it may take hard work and many years to accomplish). ” It defies comparison. ) So let me say it again, sectarianism is the antithesis of spirituality, but spirituality nevertheless embraces a larger sense of “us,” not only all of humanity but ultimately the world as well. Liberating the Soul of Philosophy Philosophy is an attempt to come to grips with the perennial, personal, and universal human problems of meaning. This is not to deny, as Nietzsche suggested, that there is also a curious “will to truth,” a fascination for puzzles and paradoxes that, once stimulated, may keep buzzing along for years.

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