Saturday, January 17, 2015

Where two or more are gathered.

Christopher Hitchens asserted that religion, or belief in God, is ultimately a totalitarian, and therefore evil, belief system. Hitchens enjoyed pointing out that bad persons will do bad things and good persons will do good things. But to get a good person to do bad things required religion.

There are two aspects of Hitchens' observation that show it to be so incomplete as to be disingenuous. First, any authoritarian pressure or peer pressure can persuade a good person to do bad things. Second, it is also possible to pressure a bad person to do good things.

As soon as an individual, 'good' or 'bad', steps into the world, the persuasion and pressure begins. Persons can be driven to the most noble or most vile of deeds. At no point in that range is religion required.

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