Should Religion Be Relegated to the Private Sphere?

Bishop's Encyclopedia of Religion, Society and Philosophy

A.C. Grayling

Anthony Clifford Grayling, a British philosopher and proponent of the new atheism movement, argues that religion and religious believers should be relegated to the private sphere,

“It is time to demand of believers that they take their personal choices and preferences in these non-rational and too often dangerous matters into the private sphere, like their sexual proclivities. Everyone is free to believe what they want, providing they do not bother (or coerce, or kill) others . . . it is time to demand and apply a right for the rest of us to non-interference by religious persons and organizations – a right to be free of proselytisation and the efforts of self-selected minority groups to impose their own choice of morality and practice on those who do not share their outlook” (1).

Grayling’s statement is an interesting one but is also one that requires some deeper reflection.

One of the issues a reader might…

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