recentpopularlog in

Copy this bookmark:

to read

bookmark detail

Mary Midgley - Against humanism | New Humanist
"The moral of all this is, I think, that Hitchens is simply wrong. The poison does not come from religion itself but from political misuses of it. The kinds of idea that we class as religious actually range from the excellent to the awful, from the poisonous to the most nourishing. But there is a general tendency for new imaginative ways of understanding life to emerge from religious thinking – that is, from thoughts which go beyond current human horizons…<br />
<br />
In this way many of the moral insights we value highly today – for instance, the coherence of the cosmos and the value of the individual soul, as well as the conviction that All is Number – have originally been shaped in religious contexts. If we decide to drop those contexts as obsolete we lose half the meaning of the ideas themselves." [via:]
atheism  humanism  religion  marymidgley  belief  humans  understanding 
november 2010 by robertogreco
view in context