Here’s an interesting essay explaining a nonbelieving scientist’s perspective on religion in general.
Now that Bill Keller, America’s Grand Inquisitor, has declared open season on the religious faith of Republicans (but never Democrats), it is high time for a non-believing scientist to express my love and admiration for the great religious traditions.
Religion is by far the greatest vehicle of civilization. It is how civilized morals and values have been taught from one generation to the next for the last 6,000 years of recorded history, and probably for 100,000 years before that. The reason is that humans are not homo sapiens, the wise hominid; we are homo fidelis, the believer.
Some of greatest gifts in life first appeared in religious garb. If you want proof, consider UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. UNESCO is not a religious bureaucracy. Among its nearly 1,000 World Heritage Sites there are natural wonders like the Grand Canyon and the Great Barrier Reef. But when it comes to human-made sites, the great majority are religious monuments, temples, cathedrals, cave paintings, and many holy places. If UNESCO says so, even the New York Times has to believe it.
Strangely enough, there is not a single World Heritage Site dedicated to Karl Marx. The fearsome tombs of Lenin, Mao, and Marx all seem to be missing from the list. I wonder why.
Today’s crusading atheism is a fanatical cult that desperately needs to make converts, to silence its own inner qualms. Intolerance is progressive, see?
The idea of a permanent chasm between science and religion is a myth of the 20th century, peddled mainly by the left. It comes and goes in human history.
I’ve said for some time now that modern atheists are free riders on America’s Judeo-Christian culture and worldview, without which their existence would be solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short. It’s nice to see one of the conservative ones acknowledge it.
Good luck with progressive atheists. They exhibit a very convenient amnesia.