Occasional Articles — The Trouble With Religion & The Trouble With Atheists
Here’s another nice symmetrical pairing of two articles, both dealing with different aspects of the current state of organized religion and the newer ‘organized atheism’ (and would it surprise you to know that I think both writers are correct at the same time? I’ll throw my musings into the comments).
First up is Christopher Hitchens, again, because you obviously can’t have this type of debate without him. Nominally, if not intentionally, one of the leaders of the so-called ‘New Atheists,’ Hitchens here takes aim at the misunderstandings involved with ‘free exercise of religion’ under the U.S. Constitution.
Next is a rebuttal to the kind of (alleged) atheistic surety that is being propagated at the moment by writers like Hitchens and Richard Dawkins — another article from Slate, by Ron Rosenbaum, calling for more agnostic ideals to come to the fore.
An Agnostic Manifesto