Alister McGrath on Eliminating Religion

Christian apologist Alister McGrath commenting to his fellow Oxonian, atheist Richard Dawkins on the assertion of getting rid of religion:

“The simplistic belief that the elimination of religion would lead to the ending of violence, social tension or discrimination is thus sociologically naive. It fails to take account of the way in which human beings create values and norms, and make sense of their identity and their surroundings. If religion were to cease to exist, other social demarcators would emerge as decisive, some of which would become transcendentalized in due course. [Richard] Dawkins (world renowned scientist and atheist, author of The God Delusion) has no interest in sociology, as might be expected. Yet the study of how individuals and societies function casts serious doubt on one of the most fundamental assertions of his analysis.”


(“The Dawkin’s Delusion?” by Alister McGrath and Joanna Collicutt McGrath, pp. 83, ©2007 by Alister E. McGrath and Joanna Collicutt McGrath, published by InterVarsity Press

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