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May 7th, 2003 - Open Knowledge — LiveJournal

May. 7th, 2003

09:58 pm - The New Atlantis

Bioconservatives of the Leon Kass variety have a new journal: The New Atlantis

10:01 pm - Kicking the Secularist Habit


The Agenda

Kicking the Secularist Habit

A six-step program

by David Brooks


ike a lot of people these days, I'm a recovering secularist. Until September 11 I accepted the notion that as the world becomes richer and better educated, it becomes less religious. Extrapolating from a tiny and unrepresentative sample of humanity (in Western Europe and parts of North America), this theory holds that as history moves forward, science displaces dogma and reason replaces unthinking obedience. A region that has not yet had a reformation and an enlightenment, such as the Arab world, sooner or later will.

It's now clear that the secularization theory is untrue. The human race does not necessarily get less religious as it grows richer and better educated. We are living through one of the great periods of scientific progress and the creation of wealth. At the same time, we are in the midst of a religious boom.

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