In her book Allah Is Dead: Why Islam is Not a Religion, Christian author Rebecca Bynum tries to distance Islam from Christianity, lumping it together with atheism, which she unfairly bashes. But her atheism-bashing is misinformed, as her values and atheist values are not so far apart.
In recent years, we have heard of New Atheism, associated with atheists who have been openly critical of religion, particularly Dawkins, Hitchens, Harris, and Dennett. Some people seem shocked by this, as though they expect atheists to keep quiet about their beliefs. I recently read a book that easily fits in with New Atheism, except it was written in 1846.
In Allah Is Dead: Why Islam is Not a Religion, Rebecca Bynum frequently claims that Christianity is superior to Islam, and to do this, she often tries to lump Islam and Atheism together, as if they are both more alike than they are like Christianity. So there is lots of backpeddling, in which she will criticize Islam, then try to show that Christianity is not the same.
The Elements of Character begins with this quotation from the author’s former pastor,
An exclusively intellectual education leads by a very obvious process, to hard-heartedness and the contempt of all moral influences. An exclusively moral education tends to fatuity by the over-excitement of the sensibilities. An exclusively religious education ends in insanity, if it do not take a directly opposite course and lead to atheism.
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If one religion is the one true religion, all others are false. If none are true, all are false. If each has some truth, the many differences between religions still imply a good deal of error in religion. Since faith produces varying results, critical thinking is what we need to discern truth in religion.
Darwin’s Dangerous Idea echoes my own understanding of evolution and elaborates on it further. Prior to reading this book, I was already thinking about how natural selection is an ordering principle that can account for order at all levels of reality, even accounting for how order can arise from chaos.