Sam Harris, a member of the tribe known as ‚Äúthe new atheists,‚ÄĚ wishes the headline to this story said something else. How about ‚ÄúSam Harris Believes in Spirituality,‚ÄĚ he suggests over lunch. Or ‚ÄúSam Harris Believes in ‚ÄėGod,‚Äô ‚ÄĚ with scare quotes?
In any case, Sam Harris‚ÄĒa hero to the growing numbers of Americans who check the atheist box on opinion polls‚ÄĒconcedes he believes in something certain people would call ‚ÄúGod.‚ÄĚ In a related thought, he raises the topic of his next project: a spirituality guide tentatively titled The Illusion of the Self. Based on Harris‚Äôs own ‚Äúspiritual journey,‚ÄĚ it will ‚Äú[celebrate] the spiritual aspect of human existence [and explain] how we can live moral and spiritual lives without religion,‚ÄĚ according to a statement from his publisher, Free Press. It‚Äôs surprising. One hardly expects Harris, a hyperrational polemicist, to veer into the realm of spiritual self-help....
"the spiritual aspect of human existence [and explain] how we can live moral and spiritual lives without religion,‚ÄĚ
How I wish the poor "fools" of atheism (Psalm 14:1), would stop complaining about that which they believe does not exist. It seems somewhat vacuous of them to whine about a non-existent entity which they claim has no influence upon creation whatsoever!
The reply to the atheist is of course "The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good."
Scott McMahan wrote: Once again: "Harris is in town promoting...his new book" - someone promoting a new book IS NOT NEWS!!!
I agree and disagree. True, dog bites man is NOT news--man bites dog IS.
I think this is and has been the situation since advertisng became full blown at the turn of the 20th century. News is determined by "newsmakers" and we dumb consumers have to waste our time reminding others what should be 'paid attention' to.
Daniel Boorstin wrote an excellent book called, The Image, where I believe he coined the term, "PSEUDO-EVENT."