Actually I asked for an example of an act of kindness inspired by religion that could not be performed by a non-religious person. The point being that morality is NOT handed down to us from upon high by some deity, but is a natural consequence of humans evolving as a social creature.
The email below appeared after a chat with my mum where she insisted the world is a better place with religion in it. On a whim I decided to pose to her the rhetorical device first used, I think, by Christopher Hitchins. In it, he challenges his opponent to name one act of goodness or kindness inspired by religion that could not otherwise be performed by a non-religious person. His sting comes in the follow-up question where he asks them to name evil acts inspired by religion that no normal person would do. While no examples can be found for the the first question, countless examples of the latter instantly spring to mind. My mum said she would have a think and about two weeks later I received this reply…
Thanks for your concern but it is unwarranted. While religion has created division in our family as far back as I can remember, it’s not one that stops me loving you guys or feeing we can’t have fun together! Also, I don’t feel you are better than me, or I better than you. However, (and there is no way I can say this without sounding highly conceited – but here goes anyway) I do think my approach and understanding of the facts is vastly superior to yours. You listed three reasons you think I need an invisible sky fairy to cure some imagined failings in my life, so just for fun I’ll list three reasons you don’t need to be a slave to a mind-reading leprechaun. Continue reading
Hi Sam, I’m just sensing that you may be feeling appart from all of us because of your beliefs being contrary to ours, or you believe that we think were better than you, we don’t. Continue reading
Thank you for agreeing to at least pass on my concerns to my sister. Please let her know I’m just being a concerned uncle. Continue reading
thank you, I do see why you are concerned, and I do appreciate what your saying, especially in “America” there are so called “Christians” who very easily could bring in their bias wrong views, just as you have shared, therefore, I will make your sister aware of these prejudices, and judgements. Thank you again. now I’d like to share a little of what I know she is teaching her children. Continue reading
These are not crazy conclusions, these are what these A Beka materials really do teach. It’s certainly possible that the age level of the books my niece and nephew are being taught do not include these specific things, but I can assure you the whole religious approach will be grooming their minds to accept bigoted views by setting up the Bible as absolute authority. Continue reading