October 26, 2005Public Policy

Book Review: The End of Faith by Sam Harris

Irreconcilable differences

This is an archived blog post from The Acorn.

A key argument Sam Harris makes is that religious moderates of various stripes are a problem too — not least because they allow for the perpetuation of the influence of religious dogma over law and life. He highlights the problem that the literal interpretation of written dogma leads to irreconcilable differences, and moderation — for the sake of co-existence — comes at the risk of not only being branded as deviation, but actually being so. With weapons of mass destruction already in the hands of some very irrational regimes, Harris contends that jettisoning organised religion is the only solution for the survival of the human race on this planet.

Harris is unafraid to take bold positions on moral relativism, victimless crimes and the influence of religion on law and politics of secular democracies. Recommended reading for those interested in secularism and the role of religion in public policy.

Update: The author’s website has some interesting excerpts as well as this interview.

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