Julian Baggini on Reason (& 11 other ‘rules’ for Atheists)
Spiritual Meanderings has written up an excellent summary and response to Julian Baggini’s Heathen Manifesto in the Guardian (I wrote about one of his articles recently). A lot of what Baggini writes is very helpful, and I hope many of his fellow ‘New Atheists’ pay attention to the points he brings up, not least, his corrective criticism about the place of science in the Atheistic worldview he proposes. I also thought this was worth repeating:
We use reason whenever we try to form true beliefs on the basis of the clearest thinking, using the best evidence. But reason almost always leaves us short of certain knowledge and very often leaves us with a need to make a judgment in order to come to a conclusion. We also need to accept that human beings are very imperfect users of reason, susceptible to biases, distortions and prejudices that lead even the most intelligent astray. In short, if we understand what reason is and how it works, we have very good reason to doubt those who claim rationality solely for those who accept their worldview and who deny the rationality of those who disagree.