Further to “Church-Burning Video Used to Promote Atheist Event In “A lesson from Hitch: When rudeness is called for” (Washington Post, December 18, 2011), materialist philosopher Daniel Dennett informs us,
in a tribute to the late Christopher Hitchens,
We have all heard, endlessly, about how angry and rude the new atheists are. Take a good hard look at their work, at the books and talks by Hitchens, Dawkins and Harris, and you will find that they are more civil, less sneering, less given to name-calling than such religious apologists as Terry Eagleton or Alvin Plantinga or Leon Wieseltier. It is just that many people are shocked to see religious institutions, ideas, and spokespeople challenged as intensely as we expect banks, big pharma, and the oil industry to be challenged.
Alvin Plantinga? Where?
Leon Wieseltier isn’t a religious type, even. Just someone who sees something about the new atheists that Dennett embodies.
And who today is shocked to see religious institutions attacked? Or civil liberties, for that matter?
Maybe Dennett is assuming his readers are too sophisticated to know any reason to doubt him.
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