Apr 7, 2016

When "Progressives" Get Religion

via Those Who Can See

Columbia University linguist John McWhorter penned an essay last year which he defended on CNN:
In 2015, among educated Americans especially, Antiracism—it seriously merits capitalization at this point—is now what any na├»ve, unbiased anthropologist would describe as a new and increasingly dominant religion. It is what we worship, as sincerely and fervently as many worship God and Jesus and, among most Blue State Americans, more so.
Far-fetched?

For those who insist that religion must include a divine being, not so fast. Communism scholar Peter Sperlich:


Supernaturalism and specific deities are common, but not essential elements of religious systems.  ... Several indisputably “traditional religions” have managed to function perfectly well without specific deities; for example, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Jainism.
... If the chief characteristic of a religion is the belief in the reality of an unseen, it matters not whether this unobservable entity is a specific deity, the “spirit of history,” or the “laws of nature.” (1)
 
But psychology tells us that the conservative is far more apt to traditional religious belief than the progressive. So is McWhorter just blowing smoke? . . . Read more

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