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Three sides of religion

2008-03-27 13:55:05.420557+00 by Dan Lyke 1 comments

Elf had a great set of links yesterday, among other people he linked to Mike the Mad Biologist: Another Fight About Framing and Evolution: Can I Play?.

Larry recently had some musings on understanding atheism from his Christian perspective, which I mused a bit about in his comments, but that framing essay made an important distinction that I think is handy from the other side, from us atheists trying to understand people with religion:

Personally, I think Dawkins in his written arguments and public utterances incorrectly conflates three phenomena: religion as cultural identity, supernaturalism, and deism/theism.

I'm not quite sure how to make those splits, but that essay (which is good for other reasons) reminded me that religion is more complex than wackos pushing "creation science".

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#Comment Re: made: 2008-03-27 18:28:19.182042+00 by: Mark A. Hershberger

This Dawkin's quote says it all: "I'm pretty hostile to a rival doctrine."

Sure, many people see religion as diametrically opposed. Certainly Dawkins does. But that isn't the only way to look at it.