John Gray is asked about religion in an interview about his new book, The Silence of Animals:
What is your own relationship with religion?
I don’t belong to a religion. In fact I would have to be described as an atheist. But I’m friendly to religion on the grounds that it seems to me to be distinctively human, and it has produced many good things.
Which seems to mix two quite separate things. You can be friendly to religion because it is human, which makes sense to me, or you can be friendly to it because it has produced good things, which does not. If religion is part of being human, which it is for most people, then humans will produce good and bad things in its name. But to judge religion purely by its results seems to separate it from humanity and to judge it on the same cost-benefit balance as Tesco or the Iraq war.Tagged in: atheism
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