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Sam Harris on the Obstacle of Faith

“One of the greatest challenges facing civilization in the twenty-first century is for human beings to learn to speak about their deepest personal concerns–about ethics, spiritual experience, and the inevitability of human suffering–in ways that are not flagrantly irrational. We desperately need a public discourse that encourages critical thinking and intellectual honesty. Nothing stands in the way of this project more that the respect we accord religious faith.”

Sam Harris

5 thoughts on “Sam Harris on the Obstacle of Faith”

  1. I always liked that saying, “Tolerance begins where authority ends.”

    The two big ones(religions) are set up to gain as much authority over individuals and nations as they can get away with.

    More authority equals less tolerance of non-religious people.

    Science and law need LESS magical thinking, not more.

    Actually everything excepting fiction needs less magical thinking.

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  2. Actually everything excepting fiction needs less magical thinking.

    I would still disagree here. Even fiction and imagination can flourish without religion. I would recommend Robert A. Heinlein for some examples of great fiction work.

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  3. Religious faith is not in and of itself good or bad. The faith should be evaluated on the basis of what it causes to happen. In other words, faith without works is empty. Faith that responds to the deepest personal concerns–about ethics, spiritual experience, and addressing human suffering can be very rational. It would be a mistake to judge all matters of faith by the empty actions of some.

    In my humble opinion, faith should be driven by the text of John 15:12 (KJV).

    Peace with you and yours.

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  4. Faith… what is the best thing to believe in? Yourself, Man, that everything will be alright, Truth-ah, there’s something more solid. Let’s believe in the truth. Someone tell me what is the ultimate, solid rock, truth I can depend on.

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