October 13, 2010

Accommodationist Claims


Why Evolution is True has a must-read post about the multi-component strategy accommodationists are using to discredit atheists (if you are unfamiliar with the term "accommodationists," see this article on the subject). It provides a useful lens through which to consider much of the anti-atheist work you are seeing these days. I'll paraphrase the main claims of the accommodationists below, but do yourself a favor and read the post.

The primary claims we are seeing from the accommodationists again and again include:
  • Science is one way of discovering the truth; religion is another.
  • Relying solely on empiricism and rationalism is a mistake, and those who do this resemble fundamentalists in their close-mindedness.
  • Science and religion can contribute to each other.
  • The so-called "new atheists" are simply mean and are contributing nothing of value to the dialogue between religion and science.
I don't know about you, but I have seen these claims more times than I can count. It seems that the accommodationists prefer tranquility to reality.

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