Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Your Homework Assignment
My little dissertation on the perils of religious indoctrination got a surprisingly impressive response. Under normal circumstances, I'd avail myself of some of my more whorish qualities and attempt to milk the attention for all it's worth by continuing to write about my issues with religion, but the acid is just now starting to kick in and I'll be damned if I remember what it was I was going to say.
What I will do however, is hand over the reins to someone who can argue the point far more articulately than I ever could.
A couple of years back, Sam Harris wrote an astounding polemic on the dangers of religion and how -- all things considered -- the world is better off without it. The End of Faith took the entire concept of Christianity, Islam, Judaism etc. and ripped it to shreds with undeniable poise and unassailable logic.
Now Sam has written a new book, and it's just as brilliant. It's called Letter to a Christian Nation and it is exactly as the name describes: a treatise directed solely at those who put their trust in the Bible, Jesus and the assorted teachings that go with them.
It's short (you can read it in under an hour). It's small (you can carry it around in your pocket). Its reasoning is irrefutable by any sane human being.
Upon reading it -- if they should -- your Christian friends' only defense will be to put their fingers in their ears and make loud noises.
They will challenge its assertions with the usual fervor and the usual arguments.
They'll also be wrong.