By A C Grayling
In a sequence of daring, unsparing polemics, A C Grayling exposes the harmful unreason he sees on the middle of spiritual religion and highlights the pressing want we need to reject it in all its varieties, with no compromise. instead he argues for a collection of values in line with cause, mirrored image, and sympathy, taking his cue from the nice moral culture of Western philosophy.
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It requires only open eyes, sympathy and the kindness it prompts, and reason.
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A great deal of that help has to be targeted at the other side of what the human heart is – the unkind, angry, hostile, selfish, cruel side; the superstitious, tendentious, intellectually captive, ignorant side – to defeat or mitigate it, to ameliorate the consequences of its promptings, to teach it to be different; and never with lies and bribes. Humanists distinguish between individuals and the wide variety of belief systems they variously adhere to. Some belief systems (those involving astrology, feng shui, crystal healing, animism .