My post from three days ago on what is a “true religion” has been condensed, edited, and now appears in The New Republic with the title, “If ISIS is not Islamic, then the Inquisition was not Catholic” (subtitle: “There is no such thing as ‘true’ religion.”). Please go over and at least give them a click, if for no other reason than to see the comments (the text has also been considerably tightened).
Let me take this opportunity to thank the three editors I’ve worked with at TNR—Michael, Ryan, and Chloe—for their help. There’s nothing like a good editor to focus your prose!
Some of the comments are interesting. To wit:
I’m starting to realize that if one sees you’re an atheist, that automatically invalidates all your arguments. And yes, I’ve criticized Judaism’s superstition and malfeasance as well; I think the whole panoply of Jewish belief (superstition if you will) is bunk. It’s no less bunky than Islam, but, right now, Islam is more dangerous. Does that satisfy you, Mr. Halleck? It’s nothing I haven’t said before.
Oh, and we’ve already disposed of the fiction that ISIS is nihilistic—at least if you look up the definition of the word. Nor was the Catholic Inquisition nihilistic.