Friday, September 30, 2011

Jürgen Habermas Stumbles Across the Obvious

And "credits Biblical religion, Judaism and Christianity, for having driven out magical thinking (here there is an echo of Max Weber’s idea of 'the disenchantment of the world'), and for having laid the foundations of individual autonomy and rights" — What Happens when a Leftist Philosopher Discovers God? He also "gives credit to Christianity for being the purveyor of a universal egalitarianism and for an openness to reason, thus continuing to provide moral substance for democracy."

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Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

An example of how an atheist who is actually interested in the life of the mind approaches religious faith -- rather than the sad crop of "new atheists" who have nothing but disdain for religion, and for monotheism in particular.

September 30, 2011 at 6:31 PM  
OpenID bonald said...

I don't know. Saying that Christianity disenchanted the world and led to egalitarianism and democracy is about the worst insult I could think to throw at it.

I suppose some people regard these as good things, though.

October 3, 2011 at 11:31 AM  

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