Soumaya Ghannoushi has written an article called The Sickness of Secularism on the Guardian CiF site. Ostensibly, this argues a similar point to ones I have made in earlier entries on this blog. However, I think there’s much to disagree with in this article. It starts as follows.
We are witnessing the rise of an arrogant secularist rhetoric founded on belief in the supremacy of reason and absolute faith in science and progress, dogmas which arouse ridicule in serious academic and intellectual circles nowadays.
The arrogant secularist rhetoric part I can agree with, but suggesting that reason is not or should not be supreme goes too far for me to follow. Invoking serious academic and intellectual circles also seems pretty weak. Later we have
This simplistic worldview fails to take account of the complexity of cultural and historical processes, or of intellectual and human phenomena.
Appeals to complexity always strike me as lazy and poorly thought out.
There is also plenty in this article to agree with, but I think the author makes the mistake of attacking reason rather than her opponents. By doing so, she identifies her opponents as reasonable (which I would argue they are not), and herself as unreasonable (which maybe she is, but much of what she is arguing for is not).
This entry surely has nothing to do with the fact that I have a PhD viva in half an hour, and writing it is certainly not a way of stopping me from worrying about it.