I’m not supposed to like Sam Harris – you know, “End of Faith,” Sam Harris, the guy who slices and dices mythical constructions of faith and concludes therefore that religion has nothing to offer. I’m not supposed to like him, but I do. Of course if religion had only mythic constructions of reality to offer, then I’d have to agree with him. But since religion, like everything else, is evolving, I think it’s a bit short sighted to leave it for dead on the battle field of modernist thinking, especially since his book, “Free Will” raises questions of faith so beautifully and describes grace, freedom, and even sin, so exquisitely. Granted, he doesn’t use those words, but he’s talking about them all the same. When he uses the word “sin,” he gets it all wrong. He implies that “sin” is the bad things people do. That’s way too anemic,. But he does describe the human condition quite clearly and so shines a light on the concept of “sin,” even if he doesn’t use that word in that context.
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Sam Alexander is pastor of First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael and also serves as Adjunct Instructor in Homiletics at San Francisco Theological Seminary.