In my July 5 post, I linked to an article discussing another article. At the head of the train was a discussion on “the religion of atheism”. Zac Alstin, who wrote the original piece, ended it with this bit:
In the end we can either reform religion or replace it; there is no third option. The anti-religious atheist is – unwittingly – the inspired prophet of a new religious movement. Whatever ideas he plants in the fertile soil of the human mind, we can rest assured that something religious will eventually grow. The answer to all the religious evils on the tip of an atheist’s tongue is perseverance in religious goods.
Bad religion, like bad science, bad ethics, bad politics and bad arguments must be challenged for being bad, not for being at all.
My friend Jeremy, especially appreciating the bolded portion, left this comment:
i like the last sentence, but how do you go about challenging or getting rid of “the bads”?
Great question, Jer!
So my friends, I pose it to you. With so many “bads” in our world in need of critique, how does one go about challenging them? What is fair? What is effective? What is possible?