oberon masters series
A C Grayling
Six Polemics on Religion
and an Essay on Kindness
First published in 2007 by Oberon Books Ltd
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oes religion deserve respect? I argue that it
deserves no more respect than any other viewpoint, and not as much as most.
Is religion really resurgent, or is this an illusion
masking the real truth, that we are witnessing its
death throes? I argue that, all appearances to the
contrary, we might well be witnessing its demise.
What are the real meanings of ‘atheist’, ‘secularist’ and ‘humanist’? The words denote importantly
different concepts, but get bandied about as if they
were synonyms. I seek to explain them properly
Religious apologists charge the non-religious with
being ‘fundamentalist’ if they attack religion too robustly, without seeming to notice the irony of employing, as a term of abuse, a word which principally
applies to the too-common tendencies of their own
outlook. Can a view which is not a belief but a rejection of a certain kind...