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Saturday, March 5, 2016

Fanaticism: Avoid It

In his book You Don't Have to Be Wrong for Me to be Right, Brad Hirschfield has a some very thoughtful remarks about fanaticism in our divided world today. This is well worth all of our consideration. He writes: 
Belief is more complicated than either the believers or the disbelievers among us are usually willing to admit. Too often I hear people referring to God as a delusion and religion as some kind of neurological disorder. All of their qualms and suspicions are justified [speaking to the history of religious violence in a previous paragraph]. But if all they see is the ugly face of faith and the danger in spiritual connection, they have become as absolute in their disbelief as any religious fanatic. They have become fanatics of secularism who are as problematic as the fanatics of faith, because ultimately it is fanaticism that kills, not the faith.
Don't be a fanatic.  

More good advice from another author:

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