Secular Tolerance?

“What I find most mystifying in the argument of [the new atheists]… is the strange presupposition that a truly secular society would of its nature be more tolerant and less prone to violence than any society shaped by any form of faith. Given that the modern age of secular governance has been the most savagely and sublimely violent period in human history, by a factor (or body count) of incalculable magnitude, it is hard to identify the ground for their confidence. (Certainly the ridiculous claim that these forms of secular government were often little more than ‘political religions,’ and so only provide further proof of the evil of religion, should simply be laughed off as the shabby evasion it obviously is.)” -David Bentley Hart

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