By Bruce Sheiman
A new perspective.
Defending faith as a cultural establishment within the face of resurgent atheistic proposal. for hundreds of years, the theism-atheism debate has been ruled through positions: stringent believers dedicated to the "yes, there's a God" argument, and atheists vehemently pushed to repudiate not just God, but additionally faith as a cultural establishment. thus far, this can be the 1st and merely mainstream booklet within which a nonbeliever criticizes atheism and affirms faith. An Atheist Defends faith persuasively argues that faith is overwhelmingly precious for humanity, whether God exists, in keeping with a brand new paradigm of 10 affirmative dimensions that make up non secular adventure. It additionally places to leisure the speculation that faith is at the back of many of the world's sectarian violence by way of exhibiting that faith turns into evil whilst it really is politicized. Readers will study they don't have to be fundamentalists to be believers, and concerning the price and merits of faith itself.
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The irony is that Singer is a professor of bioethics. In the end, knowing that morality is an evolutionary adaptation shared with chimpanzees and social insects does not make a person more likely to act with high ethical standards. However, knowing that such morality is handed down by a higher power that loves him does make a believer more inclined to behave morally, and not so much because he will be punished or rewarded, but because he wants to share in that higher power’s goodness. The most powerful way to participate in that higher value is by behaving in a way consistent with that goodness.
What is important is that a pernicious relativism is easily derived from the application of Darwinian thought to human affairs. Social Darwinism is the theory that competition among individuals, groups, nations, or ideas drives social evolution. The term draws upon Darwin’s theory of natural selection, where competition between individuals drives biological evolutionary change through the survival of the ﬁttest. If humans are not the result of God’s will but of a survivalof-the-ﬁttest gene-replication mechanism that cares not for human life, then there is little rationale to help those who have the misfortune of not being capable of survival on their own: the poor and helpless.
An Atheist Defends Religion: Why Humanity Is Better Off with Religion Than Without It by Bruce Sheiman