Sam Harris On Religion At Aspen Ideas Festival genre: Hip-Gnosis & Video-Philes

Sam Harris, the author of The End Of Faith and Letters To A Christian Nation, recently appeared at the Aspen Ideas Festival, a forum for dialogue on numerous topics sponsored by the Aspen Institute.

The following video clips are the first part of a two part posting here at Thought Theater. In his presentation, Harris touches upon a number of issues with regards to religion...offering both a primer on the historical basis of religion and the doctrines it embraces as well as the impact religion has in society.

Harris, not unlike Christopher Hitchens, points out that the absolute nature of most religions serves as a dangerous and divisive force in society. Harris also argues that acts of altruism and goodness are not dependent upon a belief in god or an affiliation with religion.

The second half of this posting will appear in the next few days.

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Tagged as: Aspen Festival, Morality, Religion, Sam Harris

Daniel DiRito | August 12, 2007 | 9:13 AM
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1 On August 12, 2007 at 1:12 PM, libhomo wrote —

Harris is accomplishing a lot by publicly discussing the problematic nature of religion. I wonder why it is so taboo to do so.

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