The headline to one of the top stories on the Fox News app recently explained, “’Succession’ actor bashes the Bible, calls religion a bad influence on humanity: ‘People are so stupid’.”

Apparently, “Succession” actor Brian Cox—a self-professed atheist and socialist—had some choice words for religious people in the latest episode of The Starting Line Podcast.

You can read the article from Fox or check out the interview, but the gist is that religion is the cause of humanity’s conflicts, the Bible—and the story of Adam and Eve specifically—have contributed to “the patriarchy,” and that religious people are “stupid.”

Come on, man! These could be simultaneously the most worn out and most often repeated claims of all time!

Here are a few responses we have published over the years. I have included summaries for my busy readers, but you can click on the hyperlinked titles for the full articles. The first one is written by yours truly.

Is Religion REALLY the Number One Cause of War?

This article disputes the common notion that religion is the primary cause of historical conflicts, emphasizing instead that political motives like power and resources are usually more influential. It provides examples such as the American Revolution and World Wars I and II to support the argument that religion is seldom the main driver of war.

Are Catholic Women Oppressed by a Patriarchal Church?

This article argues that Catholic women have historically played significant roles within the Church, including martyrs, scholars, and leaders, challenging the notion of their oppression. It highlights examples of influential women throughout history, emphasizing the importance of recognizing the dignity and contributions of women within the Catholic faith.

Catholics Can’t Think for Themselves

This article addresses the misconception that Catholics can’t think for themselves, offering a robust defense of Catholic faith and intellectual tradition. It argues that while Catholics seek answers from the Church, it doesn’t stifle individual thought but rather provides a rich framework for profound inquiry and growth, connecting believers with centuries of wisdom and thought.

If you are looking for a scholarly take on the religion/war question, I recommend The Myth of Religious Violence: Secular Ideology and the Roots of Modern Conflict by William T Cavanaugh.