That one would even write this book says it all: why do humans even suppose these theologies - atheism vs. religion? Maybe we should remove this connective fiber in our brains, as, without it, we are predisposed & designed inherently to seek out faith & a Creator. In answer to violence & corrupt Christians; we are human, not God - how many times must this be said until it sinks in? I hate hypocrisy too. I walked away from Him for five long, painful years. Can you explain to me that feeling of loss then liberation upon return? Above all, pursue love & avoid battle. Only the direct line between myself & God can be true & genuine, I can't account for all other Christians or judge. I will surely drive myself crazy. That being said, my sanity and my peace lies within the knowledge of an eternal soul. That is concrete. Sorry, you're playing some serious Russian roulette here.......but, hey, kudos to your success from a fellow artist.
I believe you are perhaps missing some of Harris' points. In his books, Harris is clearly stating the dangers of a massive belief in something that cannot be rationally proven. If 60% of the world population suddenly believed acorns were sacred and thus reacted in a manner of subjecting everything to secondary status relative to acorns and did so with an absolute conviction, one would have to admit that there would be some danger as it would be inevitable that at some point the value of an acorn would come above the value of human lives. While this example perhaps can be considered ridiculous, the message is clear that a belief in something irrational can be dangerous in a relative sense.
Harris does touch upon the spiritual and accepts that we cannot begin to explain why we have certain "feelings" when praying, meditating, or anything perceived as spiritual. What you may be experiencing may indeed just be a rush of endorphins that provides calming in the mind, or a sense of well being associated with hope, or a connection to a god whose son once lived among us. Harris is merely pointing out that we not only do not now know the answers to such an question, but that the god answer is among the least likely when contemplated from a more objective view.
SENTENCE #1 "I believe you are perhaps missing some of Harris' points."--Xenocrates
SENTENCE #2 "In his books, Harris is clearly stating the dangers of a massive belief in something that cannot be rationally proven."---Xenocrates
In sentence #2, you postulate the dangers of BELIEF. In Sentence #1, you postulate your own belief.
Your postulate is irrational.
Moreover Xenocrates, you engage in a common contradiction in another context. Like Sam Harris, the claim that either you or he are "rational" is merely a rhetorical. In fact, I have RATIONALLY demonstrated that neither you nor he are actually RATIONAL.
Moreover, the entire second paragraph which you offer here is evidence of the Error of Eclecticism, which is unacceptable because it is irrational.
Finally, that Sam Harris fails entirely, in the most unscholarly manner, to address the Rule of Law, and its propositions for Civil Rights, when considerations of his claim that we can kill others if we cannot "talk to them" serves as the ultimate IRRATIONALISM, because Harris faults religion from the beginning of his polemic, for reasons that human fatalities are the result of belief.
Philosophically, Harris is absurd, redundant, irrational, and unfamiliar with the parameters of logic.
That Harris is entirely irrational is obvious. That his political advocacies tend specifically toward fascism is equally obvious. That the author also proposes a One World Government is entirely absurd, for that requires the abolishment of the U. S. Constitution and the abolition of Civil Rights which are the guarantee of every American citizen.
Lol, what pseudo-thinking, convoluted logic, contrived nonsense, and semantical gymnastics are contained above! Most amusing, nothing more. Poster must be a professional sophist or politician, all rhetoric, no substance, intelligence, or knowledge. How quaint, he even thinks himself clever! So do all purveyors of childish word play.