Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Unenlightenment

"Seeing themselves as fiercely independent thinkers, bien-pensants are remarkable chiefly for the fervor with which they propagate the prevailing beliefs of their time," begins John Gray's critique of those who come to the facile conclusion that "the solution to the world’s problems would be found in increasing internationalism, socialism, the withering away of religion and the continuing advancement of science" — Conventional Unwisdom.

The central dogma to this belief system is that "history is a record of crime, oppression and superstition; but salvation is at hand through rational inquiry, the gift of the Greeks that was lost in the Dark Ages and rediscovered in the Enlightenment." I wish I had a dime for every time I've heard a version of that story regurgitated by some "independent thinker."

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Anonymous mcmlxix said...

Science is all very well and good, but any system that doesn't account for original sin (or even avidya for that matter) is going to fail.

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Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

The mythological structure of the "new atheists" is just that: a mythological structure. It is a serious misreading of history, a deliberate ignorance of the theology they seek to combat, and a willful disregard of basic philosophy. Confident in its ignorance, it simply replicates the tired propaganda of the old atheists, who at least were interesting to read.

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