Atheist activist and blogger John Loftus has yet another book out arguing that philosophy of religion should be banished. AFAICT, his argument boils down to this:
- God is no different from a fairy
- There is no philosophy of fairies.
- Therefore, there should be no philosophy of religion.
The guy actually wrote a whole book built on this false analogy. Anything to squeeze another dollar out of the Gnu community, I suppose.
Peter Boghossian, the atheist activist who has also made this argument, of course promotes the book with a blurb:
“Unapologetic offers the philosophy of religion the swift, ugly end it has long deserved. This single book will cause the death of a discipline.” —Peter Boghossian, author, A Manual for Creating Atheists
Over three years ago, Loftus reviewed Bognossian’s pseudoscience book (activists always prop each othe up):
Peter Boghossian’s new brilliant book will change our nomenclature and effectiveness in disabusing believers of their faith. His book will definitely change the religious landscape.
Er, we’re still waiting for those predictions to come true.
I’d say it’s about as likely that Loftus’s book “will cause the death of a discipline” as Boghossian’s book actually changed our “nomenclature” and “religious landscape.”
The grandiose claims of these atheists activists is an endless source of amusement.