Secularism’s Irrational Animus

Secularism’s Irrational Animus
n>I started reading Linda McClain’s Who’s the Bigot? with great expectations, hoping that she would offer a fresh and incisive view of an old subject—racial and religious bigotry. I finished the book disappointed, not because I didn’t learn anything along the way—far from it. But for someone—nay, anyone—who takes the religious side of the religion and politics conjunction/disjunction seriously, McClain’s approach to the subject underwhelms, in large measure because she treats religion merely as a possible motive for political behavior, not as a matter of deep-seated conviction that involves discerning the truth about God, with the fate of one’s immortal soul at stake. Most social scientists might be satisfied with her account of the way claims and counter-claims of bigotry have been deployed in our various civil rights controversies over the past decades, but that would say more about the ultimate limitations of social science than about anything else. Read Full Article »

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