Atheism 3.0 finds a little more room for belief is an article in the Religion News Service linking Bruce Sheiman’s “An Atheist Defends Religion: Why Humanity is Better Off with Religion than without It.” with Greg Epstein’s “Good without God: What a Billion Nonreligious People Do Believe.” The gist is:
|In recent years, the skeptical scene has been dominated by the New Atheists—Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and others—who argue in best-selling books that religious faith is a mental illness, or worse.|
|But now, a new crew of nonbelievers is taking on the New Atheists, arguing that while they may not have faith themselves, there’s little reason to belittle believers or push religion out of the public square. The back-and-forth debates over God’s existence have shed a little light, but far more heat, they argue, while the world’s problems loom ever larger.|
I perceive a gap, however, between Greg’s view, that Humanists should find common ground with religion rather than attacking it, and the assertion that humanity is better off with religion than without. The latter question is one that it might be politic to sidestep, but if I were forced to take a position I might well disagree with Bruce Sheiman. Maybe I should read his book first, though.