Sunday, April 27, 2014

A tepid but welcome admission

Todd Green's Religion Now post "Are Religion Courses Harmful to Faith?" is certainly a welcome though indirect admission that religious literacy is actually a threat to religious beliefs. He hedges in a number of ways. He is very careful to couch his assertion that religious courses can be problematic to faith in specific yet bland terms. Green tends to imply that it is generally bad for more "orthodox" approaches to religion thereby leaving himself plenty of wiggle room to insulate more liberal forms of religious beliefs. Anyone who adheres to a consistent and intellectually honest approach to critically reviewing all forms of religion should see that, though its immediate impact is felt strongest among the conservative brands, religious literacy is equally damning to all versions of religious belief.

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