Thursday, May 07, 2009
Really smart stupidity
After perusing Total Drek today, I decided to freshen up on my Hitchens, and started listening to the annoyingly named God Is Not Great. It is a good listen - very like having a lively argument with a friend. Hitchens is infuriating, thought-provoking, compelling and polemic in equal parts. And annoying; really annoying. Hitchens bothers me because he is almost there; or perhaps I mean he was there and then ran away with the circus. I understand his reasoning against religion - but much as he claims that humanity's good qualities do not require faith, I will say that their perversity and cruelty will appear without religion. The holocaust did not require religion, only ideology and racism. The Rwandan genocide was based in political motivation. To ascribe all man's failings to religion seems as naive as ascribing all its beauty and compassion to faith.