This is one new posts in celebration of the “A Week”,
“Where we have reasons for what we believe, we have no need of faith; where we have no reasons, we have lost both our connection to the world and to one another.” Sam Harris
Richard Dawkins, Daniel C. Dennett, Sam Harris andChristopher Hitchens have been referred to as The Four Knights Of The Apocalypse by mystics who believe in the coming of the last revelation given by the Christian god in the last book of the New Testament written by the prophet John. In the book, these Four Knights were sent by god to bring plagues upon the world. The previous authors, all active atheists opposing mysticism have written dozens of books that have enlightened and educated millions of men who previously believed in these and more irrational and mystic stories.
- The Red Horse, represented the plague of war.
- The Black Horse, representing famine and poverty.
- The Green or Yellow Horse, representing death and illness.
- The White Horse, representing the final moment of life in which the Death reappears once again to redeem humanity.
To parody this Apocalyptic stories and to celebrate the Week of Atheism, I choose to celebrate the elocuent Sam Harris as Knight No. 3
Sam Harris is mostly know for his works criticizing the dogma and the irrationality and immorality of religious practices of Islam and Christianity. He is a very young, smart and handsome philosopher and neuroscientist whom I first read in a flight from Guatemala to Vatican City for holidays with my family in 2006. How ironic isn’t it? His book is titled The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason (2004) and tells in a straight forward and educated analysis how faith and reason have always clashed in our history. As a reviewer says in Amazon, “Harris offers a vivid historical tour of mankind’s willingness to suspend reason in favor of religious beliefs, even when those beliefs are used to justify harmful behavior and sometimes-heinous crimes.” and I completely agree with this statement. Indeed, this is a book to enjoy.
I also bought but haven’t read his book titled: The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values‘ and it is in my waiting list.
Now, check this video with a great debate titled “The God Debate II” with Sam Harris vs William Lane Craig,
VIDEO: The second annual God Debate features atheist neuroscientist Sam Harris and Evangelical Christian apologist William Lane Craig as they debate the topic: “Is Good From God?” The debate was sponsored in large part by the Notre Dame College of Arts and Letters: The Henkels Lecturer Series, The Center for Philosophy of Religion and the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts.
Sam Harris begins talking at 27:27
- Knight Of The Apocalypse No. 2 (capitalisthistory.com)
- Knights Of The Apocalypse No. 1 (capitalisthistory.com)
- Sam Harris’s new book (whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com)