fundimentalism?

I am actually quite irritated to read that the Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan has compared atheism to fundamentalist religion, for it is to me a case of the pot calling the kettle black. There is a huge difference between religion and atheism, as the latter is based on the principals of logic rather than a series of ad hoc superstitions. I find it preposterous that Dr Morgan said: ”All of this is what I would call the new ‘fundamentalism’ of our age. It allows no room for disagreement, for doubt, for debate, for discussion.” For atheism rather than religion is the very thing which allows debate inasmuch as it doesn’t rely on a set of rules. If science proved there was a god, I would be fine with it. It is religion that is intolerant. Of course, the archbishop is reacting to scientists like Richard dawkins. While dawkins may sometimes go too far, all he is doing is presenting empirical testable data; there’s nothing intolerant about that.

As for myself, I do not have anything against religion, save when it causes problems. I reserve my right to call it irrational, but welcome debate. I certainly hope I am not intolerant. I just dislike hypocrisy. Mind you, things would be so much simpler if we all believed the same, provable, thing! Grrr!

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