Friday, December 15, 2006

Letter to a Christian Nation

I highly recommend Sam Harris' latest book, Letter to a Christian Nation, a poignant 96-page rebuttal of conservative America's collective knee-jerk reaction to his 2005 bestseller The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason. An excerpt:

"The truth is, you [as a Christian] know exactly what it is like to be an atheist with respect to the beliefs of Muslims. Isn't it obvious that Muslims are fooling themselves? Isn't it obvious that anyone who thinks the Koran is the perfect word of the creator of the universe has not read the book critically? Isn't it obvious that the doctrine of Islam represents a near-perfect barrier to honest inquiry? Yes, these things are obvious. Understand that the way you view Islam is precisely the way devout Muslims view Christianity. And it is the way I view all religions."

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