Thursday, December 29, 2005

Sam Harris

Sam Harris is the author of the international bestseller, The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason.
The End of Faith won the 2005 PEN Award for Nonfiction.

Sam Harris is worth reading.

(My thanks to Adam Ash for recommending the book.)


firedawg said...

Ah yes. He does make good points. Christianity (among others) has missed the boat on several fronts. 1. Predestination or pre-ordination, people who believe that God pre-ordains their lives, from their daughters horrible death in a traffic accident to meeting their spouse. Also often heard in Islam when they preface most remarks with "God willing". This belief takes away all reason to follow reason. After all if God wills it then there is no alternative. 2. The end of religious evolution or revelation over 2000 years ago. If people went through a process of revelation or evolution in their understanding of God, why would this necessarily stop and nothing new would ever be learned?? I find it hard to believe that there is nothing new to be learned. If there was so much to be learned between the Old Testament to the New Testament I think it highly presumptuous of us to believe that we learned evrything in that short space of time. Certainly that was only the beginning of the journey not the end. 3. The dichotomy of religion and science. If the study of science and nature revealed to us the working s of nature and by extension God then science becomes part of the revelationary process and aids us in understanding God. By picking one over the other we miss the point. Verrry interesting. Sounds like a 2 cup of tea problem to me.

Kelley Bell said...

Would you like one lump of sugar with that or two?