Throwing You Off a Bridge and Selling It as ‘Compassion’

Listen to anyone talking up progressive Christianity, and it won’t take more than three minutes to hear they major in compassion. The self-styled “New Evangelicals” preach how they care for people who’ve been “marginalized and disenfranchised by the American Evangelical Church,” Progressive Christian apologist Randal Rauser says right actions — caring actions — get priority over right beliefs. says, “We are opposed to any exclusive dogma that limits the search for truth,” and, “We promote an understanding of Christian practice and teaching that leads to a greater concern for the way people treat each other than for the way people express their beliefs, the acceptance of all people, and a respect for other religious traditions.”

There’s a lot missing there, and the strange thing is how much it reminds me of the New Atheists who cropped up after 9/11. The atheists showed up preaching “reason” as their identity — reason as opposed to the superstitions of faith, naturally. Atheist author Sam Harris co-led “Project Reason.” A huge atheist rally in 2012 was called the “Reason Rally.” All their organizations listed “reason” listed as a core value. Peel back the veneer, as my co-authors and I did in True Reason: Confronting the Irrationality of the New Atheism, and you find just how bad they were at practicing the skill of reasoning.

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