Archive: Sam Harris
The true scandal here is that Muslim moderates have been so abysmally lacking in candor about the nature of their faith and so slow to disavow its genuine (and growing) pathologies--leading perfectly sane and tolerant people to worry whether Muslim moderation even exists.
By Sam Harris | August 24, 2010; 02:48 PM ET | Comments (100)
Claiming to be an atheist who believes in God is like claiming to be a happily married bachelor. Rarely does one discover nonsense in such a pristine state. Still this hasn’t stopped many people from concluding that there is a schism in the atheist community.
By Sam Harris | July 4, 2008; 10:16 AM ET | Comments (378)
Obama’s candidacy is genuinely thrilling but also depressing, for it demonstrates that even a person of the greatest candor and eloquence must still claim to believe the unbelievable in order to have a political career in this country.
By Sam Harris | March 25, 2008; 08:41 AM ET | Comments (174)
(This is an edited transcript of a talk given at the Atheist Alliance conference in Washington D.C. on September 28th, 2007) To begin, I’d like to take a moment to acknowledge just how strange it is that a meeting like...
By Sam Harris | October 2, 2007; 12:34 PM ET | Comments (2416)
Being stocked stem to stern with incredible ideas, the world's religions have had to find some way to circumvent reason, without repudiating it.
By Sam Harris | September 27, 2007; 01:30 PM ET | Comments (617)
Teresa’s response to her own bewilderment and hypocrisy (her term) reveals just how like quicksand religious faith can be.
By Sam Harris | August 31, 2007; 09:03 AM ET | Comments (1574)
The coverage of my recent debate in the pages of Newsweek began and ended with Jon Meacham and Rick Warren each making respectful reference to Pascal’s wager. As many readers will remember, Pascal suggested that religious believers are simply taking...
By Sam Harris | April 18, 2007; 03:42 PM ET | Comments (842)
The net effect of religion (especially in the Abrahamic tradition) has been to demonize female sexuality and portray women as morally and intellectually inferior to men.
By Sam Harris | January 22, 2007; 09:10 AM ET | Comments (1645)
I believe that most people are interested in spiritual life, whether they realize it or not...On the question of how to be most happy, the contemplative life has some important insights to offer.
By Sam Harris | January 8, 2007; 12:30 PM ET | Comments (840)
I am uncertain whether a conversation between atheists and believers can bear fruit quickly enough to keep civilization from becoming fully engorged by Iron Age stupidity and horror.
By Sam Harris | December 29, 2006; 08:40 PM ET | Comments (1235)