A Good Question

At Christianity Today, Dinesh D’Souza reviewed Robert Wright’s book, The Evolution of God (2009), and asks a good question:

Regretting the ‘problem’ passages that seem to justify violence in the Qur’an and also in the Bible, Wright speculates that ‘if we could magically replace the Qur’an with a book of our choosing, or could magically replace the Bible with a book of our choosing, we could probably make Muslims, Jews, and Christians better people.’ But would people actually be improved if they stopped reading these holy books and took up, say, Darwin’s On the Origin of Species or Wright’s own works? I would love to hear Wright answer this question.

Hmm. Not all ideas are created equal, and some ideas are much worse than others, but there is also the law of unintended consequences (which is, itself, an idea), and which D’Souza implicitly exploits here. Imagine there’s no heaven or holy books? Okay. But also imagine what might go in their place.


About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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