Wednesday 22 November 2017

Eilis O'Hanlon: Blessed are the meek for theirs is more of the same old nothing

The hypocrisy exposed by the Pope's words is breathtaking

RESOURCES: Pope Francis's appeal for social justice reveals the yawning chasm between what is said and what is done
RESOURCES: Pope Francis's appeal for social justice reveals the yawning chasm between what is said and what is done

Eilis O'Hanlon

THERE are few things on earth smugger or more insufferable than an evangelical atheist. Worse still are those who call themselves humanists – people who seem to believe that, simply by rejecting religion, they have proven themselves more intelligent and sophisticated than the rest of humanity. That smugness is best illustrated by a quote from American author Kurt Vonnegut, who once declared: "Being a humanist means trying to behave decently without expectation of rewards or punishment after you are dead."

Except, of course, that there's no evidence humanists do the right thing at all, a fact confirmed by a new study which found that non-believers give the least to charity.

Humanists, of course, would argue that the generosity of the faithful doesn't really count, because they're only doing it in the hope of some future heavenly reward. But that still doesn't explain why those who don't believe in God don't dig deep.

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