Once again the mysterious Jesus and Mo artist proves him/herself a diligent reader of the atheistic blogosphere. Earlier this week the ever-slippery Karen Armstrong, whose continued writing career proves that you can fool some of the people all of the time, published a musheaded defense of religion. (For a decisive takedown of this piece, see P.Z.’s post on Pharyngula).
You can read Armstrong’s piece to see the breathless hauteur with which she claims to know exactly what God is. Like Robert Wright, she deliberately uses the word “God” when she means “the idea of God,” so that her readers can move seamlessly from the notion of God to the reality of The Bearded One himself:
But it is only since Sept. 11, 2001, that God has proven to be alive and well beyond all question — at least as far as the global public debate is concerned. With jihadists attacking America, an increasingly radicalized Middle East, and a born-again Christian in the White House for eight years, you’ll have a hard time finding anyone who disagrees. Even The Economist’s editor in chief recently co-authored a book called God Is Back. While many still question the relevance of God in our private lives, there’s a different debate on the global stage today: Is God a force for good in the world? . . .
Homo sapiens is also Homo religiosus. As soon as we became recognizably human, men and women started to create religions. We are meaning-seeking creatures. While dogs, as far as we know, do not worry about the canine condition or agonize about their mortality, humans fall very easily into despair if we don’t find some significance in our lives. Theological ideas come and go, but the quest for meaning continues. So God isn’t going anywhere.
But Armstrong didn’t fool the J&M artist: