Amelioration, not utopia

May 2, 2009

Theism is riddled with dirty souls.

Secular humanists are frequently lambasted for their supposedly naive utopianism. But absence of self-loathing does not equate to unrealistic idealism. The correct secular project is amelioration. Two comments are relevant here: that silly old canard about the failure of moral improvement to keep pace with technological innovation; and insufficient appreciation of the extent to which modern medicine has reduced the everyday suffering of hundreds of millions of people. (To say nothing of the apparently widespread theistic belief that “loss of faith” would result in a tsunami of rape and pillage.)

Yes, theism is for the tainted of soul (mortal, of course).


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