Soft Atheism: Commentary on Life After Faith by Philip Kitcher

by Rachel Baker on February 18, 2015

As I’ve gotten older, two major things have happened: I’ve begun really truly questioning my place in the world and what my absolute beliefs are; and I’ve decided I like book commentaries a whole lot more than book reviews. I know, I know, the level of these together are hilarious. On the surface, one is much more magnificent than the other. Truly, though, for me, these are both huge developments. (and disclaimer, I’m not saying these are the only two things that have happened…they are just the ones I’m talking about right now.)

Commentaries seem to have more meat – more substance. They give insights I wouldn’t have had without the added background of the commentary. Commentaries on books broaden my thinking and inevitably give me the tools for a much more robust experience if I choose to read said book. Reviews…well, they just tell me what the book is about and often times, I feel I’ve read a whole different story. This change in how I search for my next great read really is pretty significant, because it changes the type of books I’m reading.

The other things – that whole finding my place and figuring out my absolute beliefs, well, this is much harder than finding good book commentary. This is singular – a personal and intimate journey that I am taking to figure out what’s next for me. I am defining my spirituality and self; and trying to understand if I believe in a higher power or the all-encompassing energy of nature, or nothing at all.

Because of the ways I’ve decidedly been working to be more comfortable in my own skin, this article titled Soft Atheism by Matthew Engelke below drew my attention. Its commentary about New and Soft Atheism inspired by the book Life After Faith: The Case For Secular Humanism by Philip Kitcher. I have read Hitchens and found him a bit too angry for me, which doesn’t really help a woman who grew up Methodist and still doesn’t understand how the concept of faith makes sense at all. I prefer a discussion that appeals to enlightenment and science than an angry diatribe of what ridiculous nonsense something is. Make me smarter, give me something to think about. ‘

Having read the above mentioned article, I think I will be picking up Philip Kitcher’s book in the near future. The book is only 160 pages, but I suspect it will give me several topics for further research to further my understanding and help me on my journey.

This article was written by: Rachel Baker – Click to follow on Twitter; or you can follow her at The Crafty Veteran on Bloglovin

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