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Killing me with religion, 2007-03-02

John Wilkins has an interesting post entitled, Religion: the cure that kills, in response to William Rees-Mogg’s Religion isn’t the sickness. It’s the cure.

I think the best exchange in his post is this:

Rees-Mogg writes: The 20th century was an age of religious decline and of accelerating decline in social cohesion as well as in faith. “Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey/ When wealth accumulates and men decay.”

Wilkins rebuffs: Nothing could be farther from the truth. What he means is that the 20th century was marked by a decline in traditional, i.e., Christian (Church of England, no doubt) religion. It was definitely not marked by a decline in religion. The standard conservative rhetorical ploy of identifying religion with social cohesion (sure, if you all attend the same church) means that Rees-Mogg is implicitly denying one’s right to believe what you choose.

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