New Atheism: worshipping nothing

spiked editor Brendan O'Neill on how New Atheists have replaced God with a diminished image of humanity.

This Don’t Shout at the Telly Christmas special, produced by the charity WORLDbytes, provides the perfect antidote to New Atheist whingeing this festive season.

spiked editor Brendan O’Neill argues that New Atheism is far worse than the religious idea that humanity is guided by a supernatural being. Indeed, it promotes a misanthropic view of humans as little more than bundles of genes

For those who don’t believe in God, but do believe in humanity, how should we view religion? O’Neill argues for tolerance. That means we should be free to express our beliefs as we see fit, and others should be to criticise and even ridicule those beliefs.

This fast-paced conversation puts radical humanism and the need to explain what is great about human beings centre stage. Far better than dull Christmas telly and unwanted rows with relatives, this spirited film is one to mull over during the holidays.

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