Religion



I know that Catholics have been all over this for centuries, but don’t know much about occurrences in the Islamic world. Definitely am curious. Thanks to Joe Nolan for suggesting the link….






A surprising article in USA Today suggests that some atheists are now pro-religion while still anti-God:

Bruce Sheiman doesn’t believe in God, but he does believe in religion.

Setting aside the question of whether God exists, it’s clear that the benefits of faith far outweigh its costs, he argues in his new book, An Atheist Defends Religion: Why Humanity is Better Off With Religion than Without It.

“I don’t know if anybody is going to be able to convince me that God exists,” Sheiman said in an interview, “but they can convince me that religion has intrinsic value.”

The old atheists said there was no God. The so-called “New Atheists” said there was no God, and they were vocally vicious about it. Now, the new “New Atheists” — call it Atheism 3.0 — say there’s still no God, but maybe religion isn’t all that bad.

Faith provides meaning and purpose for millions of believers, inspires people to tend to each other and build communities, gives them a sense of union with a transcendent force, and provides numerous health benefits, Sheiman says. Moreover, the galvanizing force behind many achievements in Western civilization has been faith, Sheiman argues, while conceding that he limits his analysis, for the most part, to modern Western religion…






It’s not an Onion headline, folks. Mary Papenfuss writes on Newser: Even the Bible isn’t conservative enough for some conservatives. The mysterious “Conservative Bible Project” aims to bring the holy book back…