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Archive for the ‘Religion’ Category

The Passing of Sam Harrris

Posted by rfrieden on April 30, 2007

I was greatly saddened by an unconfirmed report of the death of noted author Sam Harris. Harris, a self-proclaimed atheist, recently appeared on the Colbert Report. According to Mr. Colbert, he was talking to Mr. Harris during a commercial break when ” a crack in the earth opened and he was swallowed up whole”.

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Sam Harris

Posted by rfrieden on April 11, 2007

Humanity faces challenges of unprecedented scale and scope. Global warming, weapons of mass destruction…it’s a long list. Meeting these challenges will require thoughtful public debate, difficult decisions and a great deal of compromise. Too often religion impedes debate, polarizes the process of making informed policy decisions and makes compromise impossible. Whereas we ordinarily would criticize a person who advocates an irrational point of view or who refuses to compromise, they are granted a pass if their view falls under the blanket protection afforded religion.

Sam Harris believes this is a luxury we can no longer afford. I agree. Mr. Harris is the author of “A Letter to a Christian Nation” which was a New York Times best seller. I recommend this book and encourage people to listen to what he has to say. A good place to go for a summary his work is his web site. I recommend his talk at the Idea City conference. This page on his web site lists all of his videos.

Another video which is not listed on his site is a debate with Reza Aslan in Los Angeles on 1/25/2007. I found the debate to be very disappointing.

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Darwins God

Posted by rfrieden on March 4, 2007

Is there a biological imperative for religion and religious belief? Why is the need for religion so universal? ROBIN MARANTZ HENIG discusses some of the current thinking on this question. Click here to download the article

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