Chris Hedges’ Truthdig column, which normally appears on Monday, will be posted on Wednesday this week. Chris is busy preparing for his debate with Sam Harris on Tuesday at UCLA’s Royce Hall, where he will present his companion essay, “I Don’t Believe in Atheists.” If you can’t make it or you just can’t wait, here is a preview of the column.

A preview of Chris Hedges’ upcoming column:

“I Don’t Believe in Atheists” is a critique of all those, such as Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins or Christopher Hitchens, who attempt to demonize religion as a source of evil.

This demonization is the back door into self-exaltation and self-worship — what the Bible condemns as idolatry. It allows those who place exclusive faith in their own powers of deduction and thought to ignore or deny the darkness that lurks in all human hearts — including their own. It places a blind faith in the irrational belief that human beings can lead lives of pure rationality, devoid of the Freudian undercurrents that always make a mockery of the god of human reason.

Click here for more about the Truthdig debate, “Religion, Politics and the End of the World.”


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