alan wrote:poto: "Shallow"? ....Are you joking?
What could you possibly dislike about the intelligent, thoughtful, rational Sam Harris?
Sorry, but you'll have to show me something before I respect you as his critic.
Sam Harris is a brilliant guy and one of the world's top intellectuals. Read and understand before speaking, please.
He denounces faith, yet seems to have faith in his atheism. So, I must assume it is only people who have faith in something different from what he believes that he has a problem with.
He rails against 'mythic' stories, but some of those stories contain truths in them. Only a fool would blindly dismiss all that he has not seen or witnessed for himself.
After all that I have seen and experienced, I have a hard time taking any die-hard atheist seriously on spiritual matters. It seems to me like a blind man trying to write a book about photography. And there are many blind men these days.
That said, his points about reigning in extremists are valid. I also think that secular humanism might be a good choice for a method of governance that was fair to all peoples. Still, I can not agree that faith is bad... blind faith perhaps, but not faith itself. Though I am but a wretched waste of flesh I have faith in the Buddha's teachings and it has seen me through some dark days.