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Enlightening and easy to read....,
This review is from: Letter to a Christian Nation (Hardcover)
I have to say, I love Sam Harris' approach. Whereas Richard Dawkins (who I will admit is a hero of mine) might be compared to a traditional fire and brimstone preacher (some find his way of writing overly confrontational... as an Atheist I love it), Sam Harris sets out to persuade rather than confront.
And he does an admirable job. He picks up on and illustrates the errors and contradictions present in both the Bible and in the vast majority of Christians, as well as the inherent violence (sometimes gut churningly horrific) of the Biblical accounts.
My only critcism is that it left me wanting more!
Sam Harris has created a great book for those who have begun to doubt the teachings of the church as well as a wake up call for "Pick and Choose" Christians (of which there are far too many!). The books persuasive tone may be better suited to Christian readers than Dawkins' more confrontational tone (though I do prefer the latter).
Read and be enlightened...
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Initial post: 2 Nov 2009 18:09:21 GMT
Re the stab at the Catholic Church and the situation regarding AIDS on the island of St Lucia and in Africa. I am not a Catholic, but an atheist, but one who is fed up of people propagating this illogical rubbish. The Catholic Church teaches no sex outside marriage, and faithfulness to one partner within it. If the Catholics on St Lucia and in Africa followed these requirements of their church, there would be no problem. If they do not follow these requirements then one can assume they would not bother to follow the Church's teachings on not using condoms either! It is not the Catholic Church which has made AIDS such a major problem but the sexual promiscuity of the individuals concerned, whatever their declared religion.
In reply to an earlier post on 20 Apr 2010 18:20:01 BDT
But isn't the point that condoms are not available, in those places mentioned, because the church has banned them?
In reply to an earlier post on 9 Dec 2012 14:44:29 GMT
Only if you ignore one or two facts, like the unavailability of condoms banned by the church. How about the obvious fact that abstinence is a lot harder to achieve than not using a condom? Especially if you go to a priest and have your sin of adultery "forgiven" as opposed to the mortal sin of using a condom. Lastly it's fair to observe that the culture of those countries would, prior to Catholicism, have seen nothing wrong with leading a life where monogamy was not the norm, so obviously monogamy would be a very difficult concept for them to understand, whereas not using something they'd have had no knowledge of or access to, would be by comparison fairly easy. All this ignores the point that it's deeply reckless and immoral to preach and teach people so vulnerable to the spread of std's, and AIDS in particular, that condom use is a sin.
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