Love this article on New Atheism vs. the time honored Nietzsche and Camus and Larkin:
In addition to the authors insight that a secular world is not all progress and roses, I would like to add that I have trouble envisioning a moral world without religion. I simply do not have that kind of faith in humanity. The edicts and mores of ancient texts are, as the atheists claim, methods of control. I don’t see that as a bad thing. And I don’t see a replacement for these guiding forces in science and secularism.
Perhaps in 1000 years, our population’s intelligence will increase to the point of folks being able to embrace and understand the work that lies behind creating a value system in an existential vacuum. I don’t think most of those up for parole in the current US prison population can do that. Whereas, I do think Mohammad and Jesus can help them turn their lives around.
And then there’s the rest of us. I don’t think 95% of Humans can or WANT to do this as we’d rather spend our free time watching TV, hiking, or going to our kid’s sporting events. So why not look to ancient text for wisdom on how to live our lives? Why not go to the Salvation Army when you need free lunch? Besides my local atheists don’t have a soup kitchen.
And that’s my other pet peeve. If secularists want religion to go away, they must do more than criticize it. They must offer the secular equivalent to meet society’s suffering and needs. This will take time and effort. But if religion is poisoning the well as they claim, it’s worth it. Crowd source that secular soup kitchen… stat.