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TAKE TWO: ACCOMMODATIONISM AND ATHEISM

by Scott F. Aikin and Robert B. Talisse

Reasonable-Atheism-Aikin-Scott-F-9781616143831To our surprise, our February 3 Quarks Daily post has generated a good deal of comment from those who identify as New (or “Gnu”) Atheists, nearly all of it critical.  It’s not that we don’t like criticism-- we are philosophers, and criticism is our business.  Our surprise rather derives from the way in which much of the criticism has been targeted.  In fact, it seems to us that much of the criticism is mistargeted.  Criticism that misses its mark is not a kind of criticism; it’s no criticism at all.  And we’re happy to be criticized.  So we’d like to clarify.

Our post began with a statement of fact.  Reasonable Atheism is not yet available, yet we have been charged with accommodationism.  What we failed to note is that shortly after Prometheus Books distributed a catalog announcing the publication of Reasonable Atheism, we received a handful of emails decrying our forthcoming book as accommodationist drivel.  The author of one email characterized accommodationism as consisting in the very thought that religious believers are owed respect.  In the first paragraph of our original post, we encapsulated the charge of accommodationism as it was brought in these emails.  These provided the occasion for thinking about the charge of accommodationism.

We have been criticized for not citing our sources.  For the record, most of the emails we received came from people who did not include surnames.  Who are these people?  We have no idea.  And we’d like not to encourage them.  Yet some critics have assumed that if we have been charged with accommodationism, and then have sought to respond to that particular way of wielding the charge, it must be that we believe that New Atheists are in some sense guilty of... well... something.

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I just looked at it on Amazon.com
Thanks for sharing Doone.
I like this part of their blog post:

 

We affirm that in the case of religious beliefs, we are dealing with bad ideas in the first sense: religious beliefs are false.  And we affirm that in the case of the reasons that religious believers offer in support of their religious beliefs, we are dealing with “irrational reasons” in the first sense: those reasons are based in a false assessment of the relevant facts.  What we deny is that in the case of religious beliefs and religious reasons, we are necessarily dealing with bad ideas and “irrational reasons” in their second senses. 

Based on what they take to be the evidence, religious believers are often not irrational (second sense) for holding their beliefs.  That’s a natural consequence of the fact that contemporary society is inundated with religiosity.  The fact that religious believers typically are not irrational (second sense) is a good thing for atheists: non-irrational religious believers are cognitively salvageable, moveable by evidence, capable of being convinced by argument, and so on.

 


I agree with this. It may be a good book to read. I'm not too fond of "accomodationism" per se but there is a little bit of knee jerk reaction on the part of some atheist bloggers to cry "accomodationism" too soon.

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