Show 242: Chris Hedges

Chris Hedges Doesn’t Believe in Atheists!

From the Publisher:

From the New York Times bestselling author of American Fascists and the NBCC finalist for War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning comes this timely and compelling work about the “new atheists”, those who attack religion to advance the worst of global capitalism, intolerance and imperial projects.

Chris Hedges, who graduated from seminary at Harvard Divinity School, has long been a courageous voice in a world where there are too few. He observes that there are two radical, polarized and dangerous sides to the debate on faith and religion in America: the fundamentalists who see religious faith as their prerogative, and the “new atheists” who brand all religious belief as irrational and dangerous. Both sides use faith to promote a radical agenda, while the religious majority, those with a commitment to tolerance and compassion as well as to their faith, are caught in the middle.

The “new atheists,” led by Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris, do not make moral arguments about religion. Rather, they have created a new form of fundamentalism that attempts to permeate society with ideas about our own moral superiority and the omnipotence of human reason.

I Don’t Believe in Atheists critiques the radical mindset that rages against religion and faith. Hedges identifies the pillars of the new atheist belief system, revealing that the stringent rules and rigid traditions in place are as strict as those of any religious practice.

Hedges claims that those who have placed blind faith in the morally neutral disciplines of reason and science create idols in their own image — a sin for either side of the spectrum. He makes an impassioned, intelligent case against religious and secular fundamentalism, which seeks to divide the world into those worthy of moral and intellectual consideration and those who should be condemned, silenced and eradicated. Hedges shatters the new atheists’ assault against religion in America, and in doing so, makes way for new, moderate voices to join the debate. This is a book that must be read to understand the state of the battle about faith.

2 Replies to “Show 242: Chris Hedges”

  1. What a crock of sh*t! This hysterical and utterly dishonest description of Hedges’ book is an example of just how irrational even corporate PR hacks become when religious dogma is challenged.

    I think Dawkins and Dennett would be amused to hear that they are attempting to “attack religion to advance the worst of global capitalism, intolerance and imperial projects.” (Harris, on the other hand, has been a little melodramatic and credulous in his whole-cloth swallowing of the official conspiracy theory regarding 9/11, as well as his use of that event to argue his case against Islam.)

    If Hedges had real intellectual courage, he would write a book criticizing religious fanaticism and explaining how his own “moderate” religiosity differs from it. It’s difference without any real distinction.

    Hedges has spent much of his life observing atrocities committed in wars by other “people of faith,” and yet he can’t even believe the evidence of his own eyes.

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