Bertrand Russel

1950, Russell was awarded the
Nobel Prize in Literature

He said "If some lucky men survive the onslaught of the third world war ofatomic and hydrogen bombs, the SIKH religion will be the ONLY means of guiding them.
It has the capability, but Sikhs have not brought-out, in broad day light, the splendid doctrines of their religion, which has come into existence for
the benefit of entire mankind."

Western Atheist’s views

We were doing great with knocking out Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Bahai, even Buddhism but we have gotten very stuck with Sikhism.
........ Look instead in service to humanity. You will find meaning in your love for other human beings. You can experience God when you help someone who needs your help.
Why is this interesting? Because we found this religion of Sikhism to be in agreement with this! This is why we have a problem. We tried to look at their holy text (Adi Granth) but didnt find the usual absurdities we found in the other religious books. In fact it’s refreshingly inspiring and very good!
Did you know that they believed in Democracy, freedom of speech, choice, expression, freedom of religion, pluralism, human rights, equality between men and women, equality of all people regardless of race, religion, caste, creed, status etc. 300 years before the existence of the USA! Theirs is the only religion which says in their religious scriptures that women are equal in every respect to men. They even had women soldiers leading armies in to battle against you know who (The usual suspects Muslims!) Their history is a proud one; they fought in both World Wars. Even Hitler praised them for their bravery and Aryan heritage!
Please bear in mind that Bertrand Russell was a great philosopher and free thinker. We have been trying for weeks now to find a way to fairly and rationally criticize and find fault with this religion but have failed. We even found out that there are many people converting to this religion in the USA and Europe as well as Russia (Mostly well educated and affluent white people).
Bertrand Russell was a great philosopher and free thinker and is said to have given Christianity (same applies to Islam and Judaism) a body blow and exposed its absurdities; but even this great man got stuck when it came to Sikhism! In fact he gave up and said "that if some lucky men survive the onslaught of the third world war of atomic and hydrogen bombs, then the Sikh religion will be the only means of guiding them. Russell was asked that he was talking about the third world war, but isn't this religion capable of guiding mankind before the third world war? In reply, Russell said, "Yes, it has this capability, but the Sikhs have not brought out in the broad daylight, the splendid doctrines of this religion which has come into existence for the benefit of the entire mankind. This is their greatest sin and the Sikhs cannot be freed of it.

What Bertrand was most impressed with was that Sikhism does not have a doctrine of evangelism that it does not go out to try to subvert and convert. In some ways he thought that Sikhs should go out and propagate their great faith.