Are Noble Lies “Blasphemous”?

Renegade Roman Catholic Andrew Sullivan is harsh with his condemnation of those who think we should “insincerely support religious faith because it is good for others or for society is”, calling this a “profound blasphemy” and cynical, and saying he respects us atheists and agnostics who outright reject faith more than both those noble lie offering, patronizers of the religious and “fundamentalists – of total papal or Biblical authority – because of the blindness of their sincerity”.  So what does he have to say constructively for the possibilities of a defensible faith which one can hold sincerely but without such blindness?

I cannot make sense of his answer myself, but you are more than welcome to try and if you agree with him come back here and explain to me why.  And even if you, like me, are unlikely to agree with him, his Christian attack on the authoritarianism of inerrantists and papists is worth a read.

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