Anyone who reads Sullivan regularly knows that occasionally publishes posts that seek to defend the religious stance (one that he personally shares). I don’t have a whole lot to say about whether I find these arguments persuasive, but today he put up one of those ‘defend the religious’ posts that at least raised a question for me. The actual substance of the post isn’t by him, but by Karen Armstrong. Here’s the quote by her that he cites:
These writers are wrong — not only about religion, but also about politics — because they are wrong about human nature. Homo sapiens is also Homo religiosus. As soon as we became recognizably human, men and women started to create religions. We are meaning-seeking creatures. While dogs, as far as we know, do not worry about the canine condition or agonize about their mortality, humans fall very easily into despair if we don’t find some significance in our lives. Theological ideas come and go, but the quest for meaning continues. So God isn’t going anywhere. And when we treat religion as something to be derided, dismissed, or destroyed, we risk amplifying its worst faults. Whether we like it or not, God is here to stay, and it’s time we found a way to live with him in a balanced, compassionate manner.