The Oxford University Press (OUP) publishes a series of books called “A Very Short Introduction.” They cover a range of topics, from the Koran to Plato.
He recently did an interview with the OUPblog.
Baggini: Christian fundamentalism in America, intolerant Anglicanism in west Africa, terrorism in the name of Islam, increasing religious tensions in India: the list could go on. Religion is not giving a terribly good account of itself in the world right now, if you look widely. Many in the west had complacently believed that religion had become modern and tolerant the world over, when in fact, it is often a very reactionary force.
But this interest in strident atheism is not entirely good. I fear it is a symptom of a hardening of positions on all sides. I’d like to see a coalition of the moderate standing up against extremism of all kinds. Unfortunately, there seems to be an unwritten agreement between many religions that they do not criticise each other. I think religious moderates share more common cause with atheists like me than they do more extreme believers.
He also suggests a reading list, talks about why we can be good without God, and refutes the claim that “‘official’ atheist countries have failed in the 20th century.” The full interview is here.
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