It’s well known to us New Yorker fans that the magazine doesn’t much countenance criticism of religion. That’s always baffled me since it’s a magazine run by left-leaning New Yorkers. And I wish they’d get with the Zeitgeist: their current avoidance of the issue not only enables superstition, but bucks the tide of increasing secularism in America. There’s a reason for that tide of nonbelief, but the New Yorker stays well away from it.
A welcome exception, though, is a new piece by Lawrence Krauss at the magazine’s online version (why wasn’t it in the paper version?), “Teaching doubt.” They even head the article with this picture:
(Of course, that could simply be a sign about the metaphorical nature of the Bible, but I prefer to construe it as “The Bible is not true!”)
Krauss’s is a short piece, and most readers here have heard the arguments before, but remember…
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