Religion is but one factor in human ‘bad behaviour’
I haven’t had time to read the entire post, but I have just stumbled upon this blog post, (http://myclericalerrors.blogspot.com/2011/03/how-society-i-learned-how-to-be.html) and I have to say, I heartily agree with the following:
Professor A.C. Grayling is a very articulate man but a militant &, at times, rabid atheist who likes to drop the following statement into media soundbites:
“There good & evil people in the world, but only religion makes good people do & think evil things.”
Perhaps, but I can think of ten other things that make people commit evil acts:
2). An abusive upbringing.
4). Political beliefs.
9). Metal Illness.
10). Group-think.( Religious beliefs often are reinforced by this.)
Apart from perhaps the use of the word ‘rabid’… but this illustrates a very important point. I am fed up with atheists who blame everything on religion… this doesn’t mean I think religion is a ‘good’ thing… but simply that it is only rational, logical and human to acknowledge that there are many, many other factors which make ‘good’ people do ‘bad’ things.
I look forward to perusing this blog more thoroughly in the future!