Karen Armstrong’s “The Case For God”
Simon Blackburn has reviewed Karen Armstrong’s book, “The Case For God” in the Guardian. The only reason I’m writing this post is to call your attention to a succinct little burn:
So Dawkins, Dennett, Hitchens and Harris have chosen a straw man as a target. Real religion is serenely immune to their discovery that it is silly to talk of a divine architect.
So what should the religious adept actually say by way of expressing his or her faith? Nothing. This is the “apophatic” tradition, in which nothing about God can be put into words. Armstrong firmly recommends silence, having written at least 15 books on the topic.
Well, I’ve read Karen Armstrong’s “History of God,” and actually it was pretty good, so don’t take this post of mine as any kind of slam against her. So far as I can tell, she actually mostly has her head screwed on straight. Mostly. (That’s the only book of hers I’ve read, so some screws may have loosened since then, I suppose.)
But, that was a pretty damn good burn, Mr. Blackburn, pretty damn good.