For a long time, meaningful engagement between believers and nonbelievers was, especially in the United States, blocked by an implicit mutual agreement: religious belief was exempted from challenge, provided it remained within a private sphere of religious life, and was not asserted as relevant to any issues of public concern. Over the last few decades, however, conservative Christians have rejected this agreement, particularly over issues like abortion and evolution. The scientific atheists, led by Dawkins, rightly responded with their aggressive insistence that militant believers justify the claims they wanted taken seriously in the public sphere.
-- Gary Gutting, "Beyond 'New Atheism,'" New York Times
Sunday, September 18, 2011
On Challenging Politicians' Religious Beliefs
Posted by David Appell at 9/18/2011 08:29:00 PM