Respected to Irrelevant to Dangerous
Does Religion Poison Everything?
My point in this paper is not to discuss abortion, contraception and homosexuality. Rather, it is to expose the tipping point our culture has reached. There was a day when the church was recognized as the leading authority in Western culture. Then Christianity became marginalized, widely viewed as irrelevant but tolerated as harmless. Now the faith has become dangerous in the eyes of many, an aberration that must be opposed and even eradicated.
Richard Dawkins calls religion "the root of all evil" and describes it as "a virus in the software of humanity that must be expunged." Christopher Hitchens' international bestseller, god is Not Good
, states in its subtitle that "religion poisons everything." Sam Harris claims that "science must destroy religion."
How did we come to this place? What does it mean for you and the future of our faith and culture?