Andrew Sullivan writes:
They are, despite the propaganda of the atheists and the fundamentalists, compatible – even necessary for one another. Bruce Ledewitz, a non-believer himself, discusses his new book Hallowed Secularism:
I am afraid that without the influence of religion, secularism will eventually succumb to a weary relativism, or even nihilism. That is the fear as well of other secular thinkers, such as Austin Dacey, in his book, The Secular Conscience. My proposal is that secularists continue to learn from religion, especially the lesson that Martin Luther King, Jr., called, “the moral arc of the universe.” Religious symbols and language, such as redemption, salvation and forgiveness, can have real meaning for secularists.
He writes more at his blog:
A group of self-announced atheists, such as Christopher Hitchens, is currently trying to push secularism toward atheism and away from religion. But secularism need not be atheism. The secularist rejects many things the religious person holds dear: a traditional God, life after death, miracles and so forth. But the secularist can still have a conception of God or Godhead. The secularist may see a deep pattern in history and may feel a profound connection to all that is. Secularism can be holy.
Read the entire post: The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan (February 22, 2009) – Hallowed Secularism