In Defense of Religious Moderation

In his latest book, William Egginton laments the current debate over religion in America, in which religious fundamentalists have set the tone of political discourse and prominent atheists treat religious belief as the root of all evil. Neither of these positions, he argues, adequately represents the attitudes of a majority of Americans, who, while identifying as Christians, Jews, and Muslims, do not find fault with those who support different faiths and philosophies.

In Defense of Religious Moderation: A book review

 

By Kathleen Daley

Such a heart-warming title — in this age of fundamentalist Christians who claim to know the exact date that the Lord will return to sweep the righteous up into heaven and Islamists who spread terror in the name of the Lord. Fundamentalists also, according to this author, are those smug writers who are certain there is no God.

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