06 October 2007


Religion and fundamentalism

This is an excellent written debate between American pundits Andrew Sullivan (iconoclastic gay right-winger and moderate Christian) and Sam Harris (well-known atheism activist and proponent of meditation) on the nature of religion and fundamentalism. It happened last spring, but I only just stumbled on it.

They continue to disagree at the end, but manage to spar more politely and interestingly than the usual shouting matches on the subject.

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Of course Sam Harris doesn't want us to use the word "atheism" anymore. :)

Yeah, I think he's off-base about that. If he doesn't label himself as an atheist, everyone else will anyway. None of the alternative terms are an improvement, and no words at all makes no sense either.