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Excellent Debate

Here is a debate between two of my favorite public intellectuals.  Sam Harris v. Andrew Sullivan — of course on this topic I fully take Sam’s side.  I really enjoy this debate because Andrew is not a religious fanatic but a moderate yet serious Catholic.  Sean, I hope you see from this that I’m not only pointing to the Pat Robertson’s of the world to base my criticism of religion.  Read through the whole thing, even if in short doses. Well worth it. 

Religious moderates—by refusing to question the legitimacy of raising children to believe that they are Christians, Muslims, and Jews—tacitly support the religious divisions in our world. They also perpetuate the myth that a person must believe things on insufficient evidence in order to have an ethical and spiritual life. While religious moderates don’t fly planes into buildings, or organize their lives around apocalyptic prophecy, they refuse to deeply question the preposterous ideas of those who do. Moderates neither submit to the real demands of scripture nor draw fully honest inferences from the growing testimony of science. In attempting to find a middle ground between religious dogmatism and intellectual honesty, it seems to me that religious moderates betray faith and reason equally. (Sam Harris)

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