Friday, January 05, 2007

I just bought, read, and am reflecting on Sam Harris' Letter to A Christian Nation. In essence, Harris lays out his case that religion is threatening modern society as it does not alleviate human suffering but actually contributes to it. This book was written largely in response to negative feedback from Christians that Harris recieved over his NY Times bestseller "The End of Faith" which I also bought today but it's a lot longer. Harris favors the progress of science and rationality over the absurdity and irresponsibility of religion (not JUST Christianity, but mostly).

Harris has several good points, some of which I might even agree with. But overall this is a very polarizing strategy- remember, he's trying to sell books! He says some very inflamatory things, but it kept the pages turning. I'm gonna have a hayday with this one. More later.

1 comment:

Professor RJ Gumby said...


I got Richard Dawkins "The God Delusion". For an excellent critique that is about an hour and a half long ( you can download it as an MP3), go to, click on the link to Oxford College for Christian Apologetics and go to Open Forum. Professor Alister McGrath has some very interesting things to say.

We should get together and discuss how to percolate responses.