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.


Anonymous said...

i read this book and love it. i just worry he is preaching to the converted...any religious right wacko who picks it up is going to go...this is bullhockey, and chuck it.
see!! i am reading your blog as you promised!
your former pod-mate, Mayo

Peter L. Winkler said...

Some writer (maybe Richard Dawkins, I can't remember)wrote that you can't reason someone out something they didn't reason temselves into, meaning religious belief.

As an atheist, I agree heartily with Harris, but since I sincerely doubt that anyone except atheists are buying his books, they are merely exercises in belaboring the obvious.

Stevie said...

Can't wait to get my hands on a copy, it may be preaching to the converted as others have pointed out, but I'm sure it'll give me some more choice phrases to use in my favourite hobby, church-goer bating.

Stevie said...

You might want to drop Sam a line with a fee request, I've just bought both books.