I’ve now read the first chapter of Gross National Happiness by Arthur C. Brooks, which says that the data shows that conservatives are generally happier than liberals. Before I evaluate this, let me emphasize what it is not saying. It is not saying that every conservative is happier than every liberal, nor is it saying that conservatives are more right than liberals.
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.
Do various religions, including Christianity, have their roots in the experiences gained from eating psychedelic mushrooms or plants? Could the story of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil that Adam and Eve ate of in the Garden of Eden reflect the mind-blowing experiences of people who ate psychedelic mushrooms?
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.