In my essay To Lie, or Not To Lie: That is the Question I pointed out that three atheists - Dan Barker, Matthew Davis and Reginald Finley - have, in lockstep, promulgated the same logical fallacy, one that originated with Dan Barker. In the writings of Sam Harris we find that he too offers support for another logical fallacy, one originating with Bertrand Russell. Sam Harris writes that Bertrand Russell:
There is further evidence in the New Testament that rejection of the Gospel is to be reacted towards with patience and freedom rather than besmirchment, oppression, or violence (such as stoning). One such instance is when Jesus invited a young man to follow Him:
Sam Harris has lamented that his writings have been misquoted, and ergo misapplied, as he refers to:
...the fine art of selective quotation to make me appear to hold positions which I do not hold...While I stand by everything I have written in "The End of Faith"...I cannot be expected to parry every malicious sampling of my text. It is unfortunate...1
When considering Sam Harris' comments about faith, religion, theism, the Bible, Islam, creationism, etc. it may be noteworthy to keep in mind that we are considering the opinions of a man who believes that "Some propositions are so dangerous that it may even be ethical to kill people for believing them. This may seem an extraordinary claim, but it merely enunciates an ordinary fact about the world in which we live."1 A man who seeks to "present an argument for the use of torture in rare circumstances."2 A man who wrote, "Mother Teresa's compassion is very badly calibrated if the killing of 1st trimester fetuses disturbed her more than all of the suffering she witnessed on Earth."3 What more can be said? We are dealing with a man who believes that his worldview is the one true way.
1. Sam Harris, The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason (W. W. Norton & Company, 2005), pp. 52-53
This essay seeks to respond to Mr. Sam Harris' article Ten Myths, Truths About Atheism (Los Angeles Times, Wednesday, December 27, 2006). In his article, which is enumerated from one to ten, he lists the "myth" and responds with the "truth." Therefore, following his format, we likewise have enumerated the myths and responded to his truth claims.