May 26, 2007 |
The time for polite debate is over. Militant, atheist writers are making an all-out assault on religious faith and reaching the top of the bestseller list, a sign of widespread resentment over the influence of religion in the world among nonbelievers. Christopher Hitchens' book "God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything" has sold briskly since it was published last month, and his debates with clergy are drawing crowds at every stop.
March 18, 2007
Re "God's dupes," Opinion, March 15 I read with interest Sam Harris' article on Rep. Pete Stark's (D-Fremont) coming out as a nontheist. I am one of a possible minority of believers who wouldn't mind a nontheist as a president if his or her qualifications were stellar. I would actually prefer that to someone manipulating belief for political purposes. But Harris lost me when he claimed that "Dominionist Christians who openly call for homosexuals and blasphemers to be put to death" were "the truest of true believers."
December 30, 2006
Re "10 myths -- and 10 truths -- about atheism," Current, Dec. 24 Sam Harris' 10 amendments of alleged myths about atheism are provocative, but his comments lack intellectual rigor. He deplores religion's supposed hostility to science and allies science to his own views. But there is nothing less scientific than Harris' gross generalizations about both religion and atheism. Christians are not homogeneous in beliefs and attitudes, nor are other religious groups. Harris' comments about atheists' views are equally tenuous.
November 12, 2006 |
WHAT a problem religious faith poses for learned men of empirical mind. How it baffles, angers, frightens them, prompts them to domesticate it or uproot it, leaf and bough. In a trio of new books, three scientists -- an English evolutionary theorist, a bestselling philosopher-turned-neuroscientist and a Pulitzer Prize-winning biologist -- take Christianity to task. Their works comprise a new testament for atheists, in which science is the only acceptable gospel.
October 2, 2006 |
Incendiary "unbeliever" Sam Harris has become a pundit du jour in these times of high religiosity, popping up on TV and radio talk shows from "The O'Reilly Factor" and "The Colbert Report" to tonight's appearance on NPR's "Talk of the Nation." His latest tirade against the god-fearing -- "Letter to a Christian Nation" -- has shot up bestseller lists, enhancing his already considerable reputation as an iconoclast spokesman for today's weary godless.
September 22, 2006
Re "It's real, it's scary, it's a cult of death," Opinion, Sept. 18 Sam Harris articulated some painful truths that many are loath to acknowledge. There are millions of people in the world who honestly believe that God will reward them with paradise for acts of cold-blooded murder undertaken in the name of religion. And there are millions of others who, in the pursuit of inclusiveness and political correctness, refuse to accept that the problem is rooted in the religion itself. GERARD LAFOND San Pedro Harris' definition of "liberal" is bonkers.