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An interview with Sam Harris, author of The End of Faith, in which he argues religion in the modern world does more harm than good.
(…) this whole style of believing and talking about beliefs leaves us powerless to overcome our differences from one another. We have Christians against Muslims against Jews, and no matter how liberal your theology, merely identifying yourself as a Christian or a Jew lends tacit validity to this status quo. People have morally identified with a subset of humanity rather than with humanity as a whole. (…)
I think atheism and secularism are (…) names that ultimately we don’t need. We don’t need a name for disbelief in astrology. I don’t think we need anything other than rationality and reason and intellectual honesty. (…)
There’s no doubt that praying to Jesus for 18 hours a day will transform your psychology — and in many ways, transform it for the better. I just think that we don’t have to believe anything preposterous in order to understand that. [We can] value the example of Jesus, (…) and we should want to discover if there’s a way to love your neighbor as yourself and generate the kind of moral psychology that Jesus was talking about. (…)
Either you can be held hostage by the human conversation that occurred 2,000 years ago and has been enshrined in these books, or you can be open to the human conversation of the 21st century.
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