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Religion, violence and new atheist false generalizations

January 17th, 2015 · No Comments

http://www.alternet.org/books/fascinating-origins-religion-and-why-its-deeply-intertwined-violence

I am often puzzled as here in the new atheist slant generating bad takes on religion. The relationship of violence and religion is certainly open to view, but the bad habit of universal generalization produces the kind of flawed reasoning that pervades Alternet articles on the subject.

Generalizations like this about religion are false. Consider the religion of Jainism where the reluctance to even step on insects by Jain sannyasins is taken to a mysterious extreme.
If you make generalizations about all religion and omit this kind evidence the result is a mess of pottage and the systematic distortions of the new atheist (religious) crusade…

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