“What became immediately motivating to me, and bewildering,” says Harris, ’89, “was that this event, caused by the religious convictions of its perpetrators, simply redoubled our commitment to faith-based talk and thinking and drove us into the arms of the very thing that was motivating our enemies.”
In The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason (Norton, 2004), Harris calls religious beliefs “antithetical to our survival.” Cataloging passages in the Bible and Koran that support martyrdom and the killing of nonbelievers, he warns that those who consider such texts literal truth now have access to weapons of mass destruction.
“.Our world is fast succumbing to the activities of men and women who would stake the future of our species on beliefs that should not survive an elementary school education,” he writes. “That so many of us are still dying on account of ancient myths is as bewildering as it is horrible, and our own attachment to these myths, whether moderate or extreme, has kept us silent in the face of developments that could ultimately destroy us.”
Thursday, August 25, 2005
"Religion Could Kill Us All"
This looks like a book I'll have to put on the reading list: