Against Interfaith Work

(Patheos::Barrierbraker) – Peter Mosley:

Many secular people are arguing these days that atheists should join interfaith groups in order to make the world a better place to live.

I disagree. But before you jump in with straw-man arguments, let me clarify.

Of course I’m not saying that atheists should not work with people who happen to be religious in order to make the world a better place. No one is saying that. Atheists work with religious people to make the world a better place all the time, in work, in education, in government programs, and a host of other environments. No one — even the most rabid anti-theist — really seems to disagree that we should do this.  …

So I will help people — regardless of their religion — to make the world a better place. But I don’t want to help religious organizations or movements gain more power or influence for their religions through charity or a respected platform. In the short run, it might give someone a loaf of bread, but in the long run, it tends to have disastrous consequences, as it endorses a nonexistent God (or gods) who supposedly has authority over the judgment of human beings and defines them to their core, often against their will, while invalidating their ability to fight back. …

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