I gotta hand it to Philip Roth for not trying to weasel out of his stance on religion in his recent–and rare–CBS News interview.Â Here’s what the author of Portnoy’s Complaint and The Plot Against America tells Rita Braver:
While I applaud his courage, I have to disagree slightly with Roth’s conclusion that “When the whole world doesn’t believe in God, it’ll be a great place.” It won’t be a great place unless disbelief in God comes hand in hand with an overall embrace of Reason and an understanding of our common humanity. We could easily destroy ourselves over secular concerns that have nothing to do with religion. So, while I agree that atheism is a good first step, it’s only one tiny part of a journey toward an rational and compassionate world. The former is no guarantee, however, of the latter.