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Sam Harris: Islam Is Not a Religion of Peace

Chaya2010 2012/04/13 00:50:16
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Author Sam Harris argues that Islam -- like most religions -- is not simply a peaceful faith misrepresented by extremists. "The only problem with Islamic fundamentalism are the fundamentals of Islam," says Harris. "To call Islam a religion of peace ... is completely delusional."

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In this highly anticipated, explosive new book, the author of The End of Faith and Letter to a Christian Nation calls for an end to religion's monopoly on morality and human values. In The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values, Sam Harris tears down the wall between scientific facts and human values to dismantle the most common justification for religious faith -- that a moral system cannot be based on science.

The End of Faith ignited a worldwide debate about the validity of religion. In its aftermath, Harris discovered that most people, from secular scientists to religious fundamentalists, agree on one point: Science has nothing to say on the subject of human values. Even among religious fundamentalists, the defense one most often hears for belief in God is not that there is compelling evidence that God exists, but that faith in Him provides the only guidance for living a good life. Controversies about human values are controversies about which science has officially had no opinion. Until now.

Morality, Harris argues, is actually an undeveloped branch of neuroscience, and answers to questions of human value can be visualized on a "moral landscape" -- a space of real and potential outcomes whose peaks and valleys correspond to human states of greater or lesser wellbeing. Different ways of thinking and behaving -- different cultural practices, ethical codes, modes of government, etc. -- translate into movements across this landscape. Such changes can be analyzed objectively on many levels, ranging from biochemistry to economics, but they have their crucial realization as experiences in the human brain.

Bringing a fresh, secular perspective to age-old questions of right and wrong, and good and evil, Harris shows that we know enough about the human brain and its relationship to events in the world to say that there are right and wrong answers to the most pressing questions of human life. Because such answers exist, cultural relativism is simply false -- and comes at increasing cost to humanity. And just as there is no such thing as Christian physics or Muslim algebra, there can be no Christian or Muslim morality. Using his expertise in philosophy and neuroscience, along with his experience on the front lines of our "culture wars," Sam Harris delivers a game-changing argument about the future of science and about the real basis of human cooperation. - Berkeley Arts and Letters

Sam Harris is an American non-fiction author, and CEO of Project Reason. He received a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA, and is a graduate in philosophy from Stanford University. He has studied both Eastern and Western religious traditions, along with a variety of contemplative disciplines, for twenty years. He is a proponent of scientific skepticism and is the author of The End of Faith (2004), which won the 2005 PEN/Martha Albrand Award, Letter to a Christian Nation (2006), a rejoinder to criticism of his first book, and The Moral Landscape (2010).
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  • brother mujahid 2012/05/11 13:45:38
    brother mujahid
    +4
    my dear brothers and sisters islam as a religion is not run by a few unethical extremists who feels threatend by the west and neither was islam spread by the sword as people say

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  • brother mujahid 2012/06/01 12:06:59
    brother mujahid
    +1
    the quran was sent down as a guide to man kind and if the quran does not make sense why does scientist discover that the quran speaks on topics more than 1400 years ago that science and the west is only discovering now so ask your self the question if the bible changes all the time and is banned from certain countries deos it realy make sense? you and your neighbour right next to you follow different bibles go to different churches unlike the quran who remained in a pure condition unchanged since it was revealed more than 1400 years ago.
  • hat man 2012/05/21 11:24:26
    hat man
    None of the three religions are of peace.
  • brother mujahid 2012/05/11 13:45:38
    brother mujahid
    +4
    my dear brothers and sisters islam as a religion is not run by a few unethical extremists who feels threatend by the west and neither was islam spread by the sword as people say
  • brother Allie 2012/05/11 10:50:17
    brother Allie
    +1
    brothers and sisters a few messages from the bible Kill People Who Don't Listen to Priests

    Anyone arrogant enough to reject the verdict of the judge or of the priest who represents the LORD your God must be put to death. Such evil must be purged from Israel. (Deuteronomy 17:12 NLT)

    Kill Homosexuals
    "If a man lies with a male as with a women, both of them shall be put to death for their abominable deed; they have forfeited their lives." (Leviticus 20:13 NAB)

    Kill Brats

    From there Elisha went up to Bethel. While he was on his way, some small boys came out of the city and jeered at him. "Go up baldhead," they shouted, "go up baldhead!" The prophet turned and saw them, and he cursed them in the name of the Lord. Then two shebears came out of the woods and tore forty two of the children to pieces. (2 Kings 2:23-24 NAB)

    5) Death to the Rape Victim (Deuteronomy 22:23-24 NAB)



    If within the city a man comes upon a maiden who is betrothed, and has relations with her, you shall bring them both out of the gate of the city and there stone them to death: the girl because she did not cry out for help though she was in the city, and the man because he violated his neighbors wife.



    It is clear that God doesn't give a damn about the rape victim. He is ...

    brothers and sisters a few messages from the bible Kill People Who Don't Listen to Priests

    Anyone arrogant enough to reject the verdict of the judge or of the priest who represents the LORD your God must be put to death. Such evil must be purged from Israel. (Deuteronomy 17:12 NLT)

    Kill Homosexuals
    "If a man lies with a male as with a women, both of them shall be put to death for their abominable deed; they have forfeited their lives." (Leviticus 20:13 NAB)

    Kill Brats

    From there Elisha went up to Bethel. While he was on his way, some small boys came out of the city and jeered at him. "Go up baldhead," they shouted, "go up baldhead!" The prophet turned and saw them, and he cursed them in the name of the Lord. Then two shebears came out of the woods and tore forty two of the children to pieces. (2 Kings 2:23-24 NAB)

    5) Death to the Rape Victim (Deuteronomy 22:23-24 NAB)



    If within the city a man comes upon a maiden who is betrothed, and has relations with her, you shall bring them both out of the gate of the city and there stone them to death: the girl because she did not cry out for help though she was in the city, and the man because he violated his neighbors wife.



    It is clear that God doesn't give a damn about the rape victim. He is only concerned about the violation of another mans "property".

    and by the way if you dont understand any religion dont judge
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  • Catherine 2012/04/19 02:50:13
  • Chaya2010 Catherine 2012/04/19 04:37:41
    Chaya2010
    A religion of "peace" as in leave a piece of you here and a piece of you there.
  • Catherine Chaya2010 2012/04/19 13:59:17
  • brother... Catherine 2012/11/18 10:52:13
    brother mujahid
    i disagree with you in 5 years the amount of muslims in britain rose from 85 000 to 2.5 million so how will islam eradicate itself if more than half of the mosques in britain and germany were former churches and all this said by non muslims. bill clintons wife herself said the world has to accept islam is the worlds fastest growing religion.
  • Catherine brother... 2013/05/05 13:25:26
  • Catherine 2012/04/17 14:00:54
  • sam123 2012/04/14 06:24:39
    sam123
    +1
    so there you go , muslims have challenged him
    but this business of atheism against religion will continue...... till the end of time ....
    the only possibility that can result in sloving this old /new conflict between human beings is when when we die and resurected in the day of judgment , then we find out the real truth? and who is right and who is wrong
    you do not believe in the day of judgment ?
    fine , carry on living without belief but lte others live with a belief ...
    the choice should be for everyone ....
    sam harris will never win or change the world, because there will be always believers, the life started like this and will end like this not the way sam harris want or someone else..
    so it is up to the individual to choose not for sam harris to tell poeple what to choose ?

  • A Founding Father 2012/04/13 04:18:22
    A Founding Father
    +1
    Perhaps the most thoughtful author of the past decade. Sam Harris's earlier books at "must reads" for anyone interested in the effects of "religion" on the mind and humanity.
  • Chaya2010 A Found... 2012/04/13 05:29:32
    Chaya2010
    I've read two of his books and listened to countless debates and discussions of him on YouTube.
  • kiwimac 2012/04/13 03:54:50
    kiwimac
    Another of the 'New Atheists', like Dawkins and Hitchens nothing he has to say is either new or worthy of thought.
  • Chaya2010 kiwimac 2012/04/13 05:29:53
    Chaya2010
    Why do you think that?
  • DJPanicDC 2012/04/13 00:52:36
    DJPanicDC
    +2
    As much so as any other (all religious books have violent elements)
  • bob DJPanicDC 2012/04/13 01:23:07
    bob
    not true
  • DJPanicDC bob 2012/04/13 01:31:56
    DJPanicDC
    What religios text (not ideology but "sacred" text) does not condone violance
  • Z DJPanicDC 2012/04/13 01:38:35
    Z
    +1
    The Sihk Religion is absolute pacifist, and refuses to even eat meat. Same with Buddhism, and most (though not all) hinduist scriptures. The new testament as well, though not the old testament.
  • bob Z 2012/04/13 01:43:11
    bob
    has to be looked at in its entirety, New Testament was fulfillment of the Old,
  • DJPanicDC bob 2012/04/13 01:46:27
    DJPanicDC
    Agreed, besides Ive never heard of anyone following just the new testament it seems to be old or both
  • bob DJPanicDC 2012/04/13 01:50:24
    bob
    well, the old testament gives light to understand the new, but people are very misinformed to suggest it teaches violence, the new that is
  • Z DJPanicDC 2012/04/13 01:57:43
    Z
    Actually, there are some. And it was actually a popular idea that several people suggested early on in Christianity, because they felt the two ideas of God, Wrathful, jeaslous, vengful and Just vs. Merciful, kind and loving didn't fit together. Some even believe that the God of the old testament is actually Satan.
  • Z bob 2012/04/13 01:58:23
    Z
    True, but the point still stands. They are seperate sacred texts that are both necessary to the Christian faith. He asked what texts, not what whole religion.
  • DJPanicDC Z 2012/04/13 02:14:10
    DJPanicDC
    True, I'm also not to educated on Buddhist or Shink text. but I am interested in the belief that Old Testament was a book of Satan, who teaches that
  • Z DJPanicDC 2012/04/13 06:50:44
    Z
    A few people now, mostly people that think they themselves are Jesus Christ. But it was also the belief of the Gnostics, who have now got an official church in Canada. Though, I doubt you would like them much, since their faith teaches that to enter the kingdom of Heaven, women must "become as men." And similar teachings. They consider sex, food, and all other things related to this life to be unclean and against their views. It would be like taking the most strict Christianity in the world, and then, with what little "fun" you can still have, removing that and living with what you have left.
  • Chaya2010 bob 2012/04/13 05:43:26
    Chaya2010
    +1
    I doubt religious are practicing Jews would agree with you. Whilst Christians generally take your position the majority of Jews do not for a host of reasons prophesy:
    Be an observant Jewish man descended from the house of King David
    Be an ordinary human being (as opposed to the Son of God)
    Bring peace to the world
    Gather all Jews back into Israel
    Rebuild the ancient Temple in Jerusalem
    Unite humanity in the worship of the Jewish God and Torah observance
  • Chaya2010 Z 2012/04/13 05:39:32
    Chaya2010
    Technically that's not true regarding Buddhism name Shinto Buddhism and other violent sects of Buddhism.
    http://atheism.about.com/b/20...
    http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/...
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

    There is also violence and Sikh extremism:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
    http://www.sikhspectrum.com/0...
  • Z Chaya2010 2012/04/13 06:51:46
    Z
    Again, the teachings of the texts are of non-violence. There are violent sects of EVERYTHING. But the texts do not support their claims.
  • Chaya2010 Z 2012/04/13 07:05:29
    Chaya2010
    I'll have to look into it I don't know enough about Buddhist religious texts.
  • Chaya2010 DJPanicDC 2012/04/13 05:31:46
    Chaya2010
    +1
    The Abrahamic books to however as Sam Harris has eluded to not all religions or faith sects are violent case in point Jainism. Apparently the more devout a Jain becomes the less violent they are.
    I also think that some Abrahamic faiths have reformed making the mainstream sects/denominations more benign that others.

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