Thursday, March 4, 2010

The ZigZag Café

We will be convening here at the ZigZag café, Suisse, on Thursdays for conversation and dialogue. I invite you to stop by every Thursday for the question of the day. Your thoughts and participation are most welcome. Pull up a stool, avec un café, un thé, ou un chocolat chaud, et un croissant, and join in here on Thursday at the ZZ café.

For today:

Do you think that theological and scientific perspectives from a narrow religious fundamentalism have had anything to do with encouraging the more recent rise of virulent forms of atheism?


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carter said...

Please define your terms of "narrow religious fundamentalism" and "virulent atheism". I used to believe that creation occured as set forth in Genesis 1 as literal (with the exception of the day being an era or epoch rather than 24 hours). The phases, however, do not make sense. I now look at it as less than literal. Fundamentalism? What do you mean?

Greg said...

Thanks. Ok. If I must. I was thinking of any kind of theological (God only loves the chosen) or scientific (a literal 6 day creation) views represented by this certain type of narrow religious fundamentalism. For that matter, other types of religious dogmatism might count - must wear certain clothes, eat certain food, etc. as well. And the virulent atheism I had in mind was that of Dawkins in the God Delusion.

Hope that helps.

reneamac said...

Hmmm, probably. It's a shame that so many of the Young Earthers are dogmatic literalists who create an unnecessary either/or exclusivity. It's this, not the viewpoint itself, that is narrow and unloving, fear-driven and reactionary.

Ironically, Neo-Darwinism is a theological and scientific perspective from a narrow religious fundamentalism that spurs on the reactionary conservatives.

Greg said...

Thanks for these insights.