Wednesday, February 08, 2006

The End of Faith, part 6: Safety in Numbers

I thought this might be a good time to excerpt from The End of Faith Again:

Jesus Christ—who, as it turns out, was born of a virgin, cheated death, and rose bodily into the heavens—can now be eaten in the form of a cracker. A few Latin words spoken over your favorite Burgundy, and you can drink his blood as well. Is there any doubt that a lone subscriber to these beliefs would be considered mad? Rather, is there any doubt that he would be mad? The danger of religious faith is that it allows other wise normal human beings to reap the fruits of madness and consider them holy. Because each new generation of children is taught that religious propositions need not be justified in the way that all others must, civilization is still besieged by the armies of the preposterous. We are, even now, killing ourselves over ancient literature. Who would have thought something so tragically absurd could be possible?

- Sam Harris

Read The End of Faith, part 5: Perfect Faith.


RandyLuvsPaiste said...

Thanks for fanning the flame.

Now hundreds of offended Catholics will riot and burn the Sam Harris Embassy in Rome, while Catholic newspapers will have a contest to see who can produce the most offensive cartoon depicting Sam Harris' Mom.
Ya know, to see just how tolerant HE is.

Way to f*ckin' go, Vikki.

Spooney said...

This Sam Harris is some kind of a god. Nobody hit's it right on the head like he does. From now he's my religion.
I will from here on be a Sam Harristian.

vikkitikkitavi said...

Heretic! You must not utter the name of the lord, Sam Harris.