Friday, 6 December 2013

Russell on Christian Other Worldliness

Mangrove Centre's photo.
Mangrove Centre's photo."Christianity offers reasons for not fearing death or the universe, and in so doing it fails to teach adequately the virtue of courage. The craving for religious faith being largely an outcome of fear, the advocates of faith tend to think that certain kinds of fear are not to be deprecated. In this, to my mind, they are gravely mistaken. To allow oneself to entertain pleasant beliefs as a means of avoiding fear is not to live in the best way.

In so far as religion makes its appeal to fear, it is lowering to human dignity."

-Bertrand Russell "Education and the Social Order" (1932) p. 107

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