Sam Harris on Why We Should Ditch Religion

CNN has a video posted in which Sam Harris, one of the founders of Project Reason and author of “Letter to a Christian Nation,” explains why religion needs to go. It seems he’s arguing that religion is a distraction from, and an insufficient response to, the real problems of the world. The video formulates a caricature from the most fundamentalist and extremist manifestations of religion, and it is this caricature which Harris rather deftly confronts. That caricature, however, is only a caricature. That Islam and Christianity are theologically irreconcilable is not really a valid indictment of theism in general. I also take issue with his assertion that much war is waged because of religion, even when nationalism and political motivations may seem to be the proximate cause (his statement is that “it’s political because it’s religious”). This is a reductive and uninformed assessment of the causes of the wars to which he alludes.

UPDATE: Harris replies to common criticisms of his argument here.

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2 responses to “Sam Harris on Why We Should Ditch Religion

  • Tanya

    This blog post of yours showed up as a related post at the bottom of one of my blog posts, so I thought I’d come visit and see what you have to say.

    Harris’s video has sparked a lot of talk among my circle of friends and I find that I’m surprised how many people take his assertions as truth at face value. I appreciate your words on the subject.

  • david1963

    Why have so few “seekers” become finders? 7.7.10

    When we are ready, “God Himself” will take the final step in our return to “Her.”

    Jesus would tell us we are not ready as long as we follow the “Ego-mind” (The Devil). Truth is known Not “thought” about. Doubt is what poisons truth. Truth is what you Are. You can remember truth as you put aside doubt (fear). You are loved beyond any doubt the Ego can “think” about, and You know this deep “within” and that is why to follow the teachings of a man like Jesus we must do as he says and DO as he tells us to do; “GO-WITHIN.” This is why Churches, Mosques, Synagogues and other man made Temples are filled with “lost souls” they do not follow the teachings of the true founders. As soon as the Devil or Ego tries to “organize” the Word of “God” all true meaning is forgotten or lost.

    Doubt/fear is to the Ego as certainty/Love is to the child of “God”. It makes no difference what form doubt comes in. It is all time consuming and unnecessary. Time is the trap to eternity. Eternity is Now, not some far off “time in the future”. You can free your self of time and step into eternity as soon as you no longer doubt/FEAR anything.

    Be certain of your awakening (Salvation from the world) and it will be so.

    What “Path” are you on? If you do not know what “Path” you are on any “Path” will take you there. You need to be clear about one thing and here it is:

    JESUS was Never speaking about an “AFTER DEATH HEAVEN” He was telling you, me , us, and EVERYONE who would listen that; The Kingdom of Heaven or The kingdom of God is NOW. He told us forget about death, “Let the dead burry there dead!”

    Also be clear about this Hell:

    JESUS was never talking about an “AFTER DEATH HELL.” He was telling us, We are in Hell (Fear, Guilt, Worry, Etc…) as long as we allow the Devil to run our lives via “Our THOUGHTS.”

    Jesus was and is Now (Via the “Christ consciousness within“) teaching all those who will “listen” in spirit that The Kingdom of Heaven is Now. We are “Sleeping” in our own desires, Fears and wants and can not SEE or HEAR what “Your father in heaven” has presented for us NOW!

    Fear is used to control You even if it comes in the form of the TV, Bible, Koran, Torah, sickness or dis-ease.

    FEAR IS A LIE, “GOD DOES NOT KILL, STEAL OR DISTROY ”HIS” CREATION. The DEVIL/EGO does this.

    Whom ever is reading this “Wake-Up” to the control you lost by “having allowed” by means of fear to cast the shadow over your “Garden of Eden or Paradise or Heaven” or what ever you are looking for.

    What are you really looking for? Really?

    You are looking for a complete PEACE OF MIND without fear of any kind. How do I know what You are looking for??? Because the Holy Spirit tells every One who asks. Ask, seek and it will be shown to you. The Devil say’s IAM WRITE and you ARE wrong. That my Brothers and Sisters is INSANE and the reason for so many “DIFFERENT BELIEF’S.”

    I will leave you with this:

    The More You Surrender, (ego); The More You Remember, (“God”/Love).

    NEVER FEAR THE “HOLY SPIRIT, GOD, ALLAH, JESUS, YOUR-true-SELF, LOVE, DEATH, LIFE, No FOOD, No SHELTER, No CLOTHING we could add more but You get the Spiritual message here.

    Become One with CHRIST, and as Jesus tells us all; “FEAR NOT CHILD OF GOD!”

    YOU reading this are a CHILD OF LOVE!

    You were created in Love, by Love to Be Love.

    Fear NADA!

    Love,

    David

    more to follow…..

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