Friday, December 29, 2006

"Secular Dogmatism" and Williams College

"Secular dogmatism" gets a mention in this NY Times opinion piece, by a Williams College professor. I consider this phenomenon related to "Darwinian fundamentalism."

Most of the article is about the need for students with traditional religious beliefs to be more open minded. I think the writer makes some good points and some bad points, but that is not the subject of this post.

He closes with this:
The warning signs are clear: unless we establish a genuine dialogue within and among all kinds of belief, ranging from religious fundamentalism to secular dogmatism, the conflicts of the future will probably be even more deadly.

I think it is great that he mentions the existence of "secular dogmatism," but I wish that he had discussed it in the rest of the piece. I think this is a great problem, because so many people are not even aware of it, or do not recognize it when they see it. It therefore gets a free pass from the mainstream media. Some examples of it at the university level discussed previously on this blog are here and here and here and here.


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