“Rational Public Discourse” Our Only Hope

2 10 2006

“End of Faith” and “Letter to a Christian Nation” author Sam Harris was interviewed (clumsily I thought but at least HE wasn’t clumsy) on NPR today. Provocative stuff about love, peace, spirituality and morals — and whether we benefit or suffer from religious dogma in public policy.

Politics & Society
Keeping Religion Out of Public Policy

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Talk of the Nation, October 2, 2006 · In his new book, Letter to a Christian Nation, Sam Harris advocates keeping religion out of public policy.
He calls religion the biggest obstacle to a rational public discourse.


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3 10 2006
Scott W. Somerville

I don’t know why, but I’m having trouble clicking that link.

3 10 2006
misedjj

Thanks, think I fixed it – try it now. 🙂

3 10 2006
misedjj

And there’s this one, focusing on Harris’ criticism of religious “moderates” who give cover to deadly-dangerous “extremists.” If we’re looking for real understanding of what’s gone wrong and ways to get mankind back from the brink, I think he’s right — we moderates need to look to ourselves and each other for new communication frames.

Author Challenges Faith of a ‘Christian Nation’
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* Read a Q&A with Sam Harris about ‘Letter to a Christian Nation’ at RandomHouse.com
* SamHarris.org, the Author’s Official Web Site

Day to Day, September 29, 2006 · In his new book Letter to a Christian Nation, author Sam Harris argues that faith is an antiquated and destructive notion that should be challenged more vigorously.

Harris attacks religious moderates — Muslim moderates in particular — who in defending their faith as tolerant and peaceful, provide cover for extremists.

Harris talks with Madeleine Brand about the controversy his new book is already generating. He’s no stranger to controversy — his 2005 book The End of Faith sparked thousands of hate-filled letters to Harris, many from Christians angered by his thesis that religion is dangerous for the future of both mankind and the Earth.

Those letters, Harris says, formed the basis of Letter to a Christian Nation — it was his reply to the many notes from fundamentalist Christians after his first book was published.

“What most people call ‘faith’ (in the religious sense of the word) is nothing but a willingness to accept religious dogma uncritically,” Harris says. “I am definitely arguing that we have to transcend this impulse.”

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