Here’s the latest compilation of Sam Harris‘ best arguments and comebacks.
In 1969, one of the original Christian rock musicians, Larry Norman, released a song all about the upcoming rapture called “I Wish We’d All Been Ready.” While many artists have covered the song, few people have really dissected the incredibly messed up lyrics and ideas contained in it.
Enter the blogger at Christian Nightmares.
It’s been said that religions are all a giant game of telephone — you pass down stories generation after generation and there’s plenty of opportunity for mistranslations along the way.
A couple of years ago, a Florida Atlantic University professor was teaching students about the power of symbols. To illustrate his point, he asked students to write the word “Jesus” on a piece of paper and stomp on it. The fact that many students felt uncomfortable was precisely his point: Why are we suddenly so hesitant to ruin something that we normally wouldn’t think twice about?
That professor soon got in a lot of trouble because a student complained that this was somehow an anti-Christian exercise. Conservative media outlets jumped on the story, neglecting the fact that the professor was actually a Sunday School teacher himself.
Dr. Ben Carson, who has a nasty habit of ignoring reality, used that FAU story as an example of what he would put a stop to when he becomes President. In an interview with talk radio host Dana Loesch on Thursday, Carson said he planned to cut federal funding from schools like FAU that he deemed guilty of “extreme bias.”
Last month, Lawrence Krauss wrote an article for the New Yorker‘s website about why all scientists should be “militant atheists.” His argument was that good science relied on good evidence, and since religious claims aren’t based on evidence and are seriously harmful, scientists should actively fight against them.
Keltner Locke, an administrative law judge writing for The Tennessean, isn’t happy with that article at all. He especially didn’t like that Krauss wrote about how there’s a “purposeless” quality to the universe; it works in ways that have nothing to do with God’s Magic Hand.
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