We’re all familiar with Daniel Dennett and Richard Dawkins, and their staunchly anti-religious views.
How about Sam Harris, author of best-sellers “The End of Faith” and “Letter to a Christian Nation”? You may have heard of him from newspapers or cable TV coverage.
Dawkins says that Harris’s book “The End of Faith” should replace Gideon’s Bible in all hotel/motel rooms.
From an article by David Theroux:
“As one of the Big Three, ready-for-prime-time, evangelical atheologians and best-selling authors of anti-religious books this past Christmas season (the others being Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett), Sam Harris (author of the books, The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason and Letter to a Christian Nation) has received a mountain of favorable media coverage and has been toasted by celebrity scientists, philosophers, and media pundits for his “courage,” “insight,” and devotion to “scientific truth.”
“However, what has somehow been overlooked, until now, is that Harris not only believes in reincarnation, Buddhism, Hinduism, and a wide assortment of New Age mysticism, but in abandoning what he considers to be the “immorality” of Christianity and its teachings of natural moral law and the universal rights of mankind, he alternatively supports water-boarding and other forms of torture so long as such practices are used against Muslims and others he disapproves of. Needless to say, he was also an early supporter of the war in Iraq, including the bombing of civilians, et al.”
And from an article on Alternet by Jason Gorenfeld about Harris:
“Sam Harris’s books “The End Of Faith” and “Letter To A Christian Nation” have established him as second only to the British biologist and author Richard Dawkins in the ranks of famous 21st century atheists. The thrust of Harris’s best-sellers is that with the world so crazed by religion, it’s high time Americans stopped tolerating faith in the Rapture, the Resurrection and anything else not grounded in evidence. Only trouble is, our country’s foremost promoter of “reason” is also supportive of ESP, reincarnation and other unscientific concepts. Not all of it is harmless yoga class hokum—he’s also a proponent of waterboarding and other forms of torture.
“We know [torture] works. It has worked. It’s just a lie to say that it has never worked,” he says. “Accidentally torturing a few innocent people” is no big deal next to bombing them, he continues. Why sweat it?”
In Seraphim Rose’s typology, Harris is a species of “vitalist,” one of the later stages on nihilism. Turnabout has a link to Rose’s analysis on its front page.