« Clarity and Philosophy: An Interview |
| Beyond Seeing: Course at Tate Modern Starting June 2007 »
Sam Harris has a nice short essay: '10 Myths - And 10 Truths - About Atheism'...
Posted at 01:40 PM in Philosophy of Religion | Permalink
Mr. Harris' main "issue" seems to be in confusing Fundamentalist Christians with all Christians. While I can certainly understand, I don't think he's doing himself any favors, so to speak.
Christian Fundamentalists "speak" a different language to others (in any theological debate). Their language is loaded with absolutes and certainties; truth is redefined and the concept of "sin" is ever-present.
They're also the most likely to vociferously respond to Mr. Harris' attacks. They perceive them (and although these are generalizations, I've found them to be reasonably accurate in the discussions I've have with Fundamentalists), they perceive these attacks to be ad hominem. Because Mr. Harris "attempts" to discredit their ultimate spiritual leader.
I suspect that Mr. Harris' antipathy is a result of a few too many run-ins with that crowd; I know I've experienced the same anger. Principally because they/many of them launch into personal attacks against atheists at the drop of a hat. (I've had enough insults flung my way to have an appreciation of Mr. Harris position!)
While I agree with most of what Mr. Harris says, I do hope he manages to rephrase it into less combative terms. It sometimes works.
PS There is a reason for being less combative: many Fundamentalists, as they express a desire to condemn you to hell, will find it difficult to maintain their high-ground when they're forced to be polite. Pushing someone into the Eternal Fires is a lot harder if you have to be polite and nice...
Carolyn Ann |
April 23, 2007 at 02:34 PM
This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.
The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.
As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.
Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.
Comments are moderated, and will not appear until the author has approved them.
(URLs automatically linked.)
(Name is required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)
Name is required to post a comment
Please enter a valid email address
Enter your email address:
Delivered by FeedBurner
Edmonds and Warburton: Philosophy Bites Again
Edmonds and Warburton: Philosophy Bites
Edmonds and Warburton: Philosophy Bites Back
Nigel Warburton: Philosophy: The Basics
Nigel Warburton: A Little History of Philosophy
Nigel Warburton: Free Speech: A Very Short Introduction
Nigel Warburton: The Basics of Essay Writing
Nigel Warburton: Thinking from A to Z
Nigel Warburton: Erno Goldfinger: The Life of an Architect
Nigel Warburton: Philosophy: The Essential Study Guide
Nigel Warburton: The Art Question
Nigel Warburton: Freedom: An Introduction with Readings
Nigel Warburton: Philosophy: The Classics
Nigel Warburton: Philosophy: Basic Readings
Nigel Warburton: Reading Political Philosophy: Machiavelli to Mill
David Edmonds: Philosophy Bites
Edmonds & Warburton: Philosophy Bites Back
Arguing About Art: Contemporary Philosophical Debates
The Oxford Handbook of Aesthetics (Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy S.)
ed. Stephen Law: Philosophy for AS and A2
David Hockney, Bill Jay, Nigel Warburton: Brandt
ed. Sophie Howarth: Singular Images: Essays on Remarkable Photographs
ed. Julian Baggini: New British Philosophy
ed. Ben Rogers: Is Nothing Sacred?
Adam Nicolson: The Colour of Time: Garry Fabian Miller