Sunday, August 7, 2011

The Last Superstition

I have started reading the book The Last Superstition: A Refutation of the New Atheism. Having only just read the preface and acknowledgements, I can say that this will be an interesting read. Edward Fesser, the author, is clearly frustrated by the success of gay rights groups in getting gay marriage legalized in California through the courts.

No doubt Fesser is happy that the hateful bigotted anti-gay rights groups managed to get prop 8 passed that defines marriage in the California Constitution as between a man and a woman. There are still legal challenges to the law and equal rights groups are trying to get the discriminatory definition changed in the 2012 voting season.

Fesser has promised to rationalize his bigotry in the book and states that if the reader does not agree, he needs to read the book to be convinced that his hate is justified or at least to understand his position. I have already explained why I support gay marriage so I expect to at least gain an understanding of his beliefs.

Though he went on a tirade about gay marriage, the book is not all about this one issue. As the title suggests, the book is really about countering the new atheist movement. Of course the gay marriage issue is one supported by the new atheists, gay marriage is supported by loving and compassionate people of all groups. He says he will go back to Aristotle and Aquinas claiming that there work has not been refuted. We shall see.


Friar Tuck said...

In what way does disagreeing with your position make Feser a hateful bigot. Has he shown himself to hate homosexuals in anyway? How has he shown himself to be a bigot, based solely on the fact that he disagrees with you? define bigot thusly: a person who is utterly intolerant of any differing creed, belief, or opinion.
Who here is being "utterly intolerant" of whose "creed, belief, or opinion"?

Verl Humpherys said...

Actually, my conclusion is based on the tone of his comments. He also continually make ad hominem attacks on the New Atheists.