I’ve argued many times that religion is not only mistaken, but does more harm than good. But why do I think that is?
Sure, I can make a list of specific harms religion has done, from here to Texas. I’ve done exactly that. But that’s not enough to make my case. I could make long lists of harms done by plenty of human institutions: medicine, education, democracy. That doesn’t make them inherently malevolent.
Why is religion special — and specially troubling? What makes religion different from any other ideology, community, system of morality, hypothesis about how the world works? And why does that difference makes it uniquely prone to cause damage?
Thus begins my new blog post up at AlterNet, The Top One Reason Religion Is Harmful. In it, I take a long, hard, careful look at the harm that’s uniquely caused by religion… and tie it all together into the one quality that makes religion unique.
This is kind of a magnum opus for me. I’ve been working on it for months now, I’m extremely proud of it, and I’m thrilled to have finally finished it — and to have it published over at AlterNet. Regular readers will definitely want to check this one out.