A History of Doubt
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|Mon, 07-19-2004 - 10:49am|
The guest (Jennifer Michael Hecht) basically says that until the 20th century, doubt was actually a renewing force in religion, and it's only relatively recently that "doubt" has come to equate a total negation of belief (ie. atheism).
One of the other tidbits that stuck with me was her observation that since our opponents in the Cold War adopted institutional atheism, the US developed a sort of institutional religiosity (to the extent that one can here) in response, and it will be interesting to see what happens now that our enemies are extremely religious.
Anyway, it's quite a time commitment (I finally had to burn a CD and listen to it in the car while I was running errands), but it's an interesting listen. I recommend checking to see if the show is broadcast on your local station (you can do so on their site) - it's generally quite interesting, even for an old atheist/humanist/pantheist/recovering Lutheran like me ;)