The piece discusses the fact that books on the topic of atheism are selling in high numbers in America now.
The last five paragraphs, the summary, are brilliant and are an example of excellent writing of his opinions.
Topics included in this piece are evolution, Darwinism, rolling all religions into one and of the "errors and excesses" of the new atheist writers.
If you don't think you want to read it then I must include the very last paragraph to tempt you, a brilliant tidbit of Berkowitz's writing:
"That a teaching is sublime and sustaining does not make it true. But that, along with its service in laying the moral foundations in the Western world for the belief in the dignity of all men and women--a belief that our new new atheists take for granted and for which they provide no compelling alternative foundation--is reason enough to give the variety of religions a fair hearing. And it is reason enough to respect believers as decent human beings struggling to make sense of a mysterious world."
This is something that has been on my mind lately, I have felt and recognized that there are some atheists out there (including some I know personally) who lump all believers of any religion into one pile and dismiss the lot as nuts. But worse, some give those believers no respect at all, that is, they treat them with no dignity, and it seems to me that if they are truly humanists, you'd think they do that at least: treat all humans with respect and dignity, even if their opinions on religion differ. We have seen many examples in the media of American Atheists who show no respect for Christians. And also, it appears that maybe those types of atheists are actually elitists in disguise, thinking themselves higher on the intellectual scale and even more enlightened than those who believe in a higher power of any kind, while at the same time, some declare a hatred for elitists.
People are so complex, aren’t they?
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