I think I heard about Letter to a Christian Nation from the Why Won’t God Heal Amputees forums about 3 years go, when I was first embracing my atheism (and realizing that there were others out there who shared my thoughts). I bought the book and loved it; unfortunately that thing is like Kryptonite for Christians, they won’t touch it.
Then I saw a Slate debate between him and some prick journalist, and watched as Harris picked the poor guy apart. After that, I started searching for more about him online and found this website
I don’t remember exactly when I heard of Sam Harris, but finding him was amazing. It was a little after finding Richard Dawkins. It’s all a crazy blur! One awesome guy lead to another!
I think this is how it went: Bill Maher-Richard Dawkins-Christopher Hitchens- (Russell Brand)- Sam Harris- Dan Dennett. These men have inspired and helped me feel happy about being the only atheist I know in a very conservative and religious city. Their ability to think so logically is beautiful.
i was out in Los Angeles 5 or 6 years ago, and read Sam’s LA Times article on religion’s responsibility for stem cell research bans as well as planes flying into buildings. i was blown away by this clarion voice of reason from seemingly nowhere and have been cheering on Sam’s rise ever since.
I was beginning to do a small paper on Stem Cell research and ethics during the Spring ‘08 semester when I came across a Youtube video of Sam describing the validity of “souls” within blastocysts. One interest lead to another, and my curious mind has brought me here. :)
One of my friends recommended Dawkins, from whom I found Hitchens, and one horsemen led to another until I got my hands on Letter to a Christian Nation/The End of Faith. After that, I just youtubed all of his videos
I met Richard Dawkins back in the late 1990s while I was an undergrad, and he was giving a public lecture to promote his (then) newest book. I got on an email list, and I believe that I heard about The End of Faith that way. I actually watched one of Sam Harris’ YouTube videos before I read the book.
I found videos of him on youtube, and was mentally destroyed by the man. His speech at Idea City 2005 was amazing and to this day I watch it when I want to feel inspired.
Came across Sam via The God Delusion (TGD) and read Sam’s work after that.’
I saw a portion of a speach he once gave about morality and stem cell research. I agreed with it so much, I became an instant fan.
I stumbled across “Letter to a Christian Nation” in my university bookshop while I was taking a break from study. I never went back to studying that day and read Sam Harris in one sitting. Being brought up in a moderately catholic house, I approached my mum with some of the points in Sam’s book and she had no reply. That was when I realised how much misinformation i had been fed in 13 years of catholic schooling and weekly church attendances.
Sam Harris & Richard Dawkins made me realise that being an atheist doesn’t mean you are immoral - it’s means you possess the greatest quality humankind can display - doubt.
I’m so glad this project is up and running
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I think, like quite a few members here, I become conscious of Sam’s work after reading The God Delusion and browsing atheist and skeptical websites. I purchased both Letter to a Christian Nation and The End of Faith and since then have enjoyed very much listening to his debates and reading his articles/opinion pieces.
I first heard of Sam Harris when The End of Faith came out. I think he was on a TV show promoting it, but I can’t for the life of me remember which one. Anyway, I ordered the book on Amazon.com the next day. A good read and one I loaned out to everyone I could convince to read it.
I had already read TGD and Dawkins mentioned him. So, when I saw Letter to a Christian Nation on a bookshelf I bought it. After reading it, I swiftly bought The End Of Faith.
Pat Metheny is an atheist? Awesome!
Anyway, my first “new atheist” book was Dawkins’ The God Delusion. After that, I immediately began looking for similar literature, and came across Harris, Hitchens, Dennett, Russell, etc.
I heard of Sam through Richard Dawkins but I waited to read his book, the end of faith, until I saw him give a speech for AAI in DC, which I was filming for richarddawkins.net. When Sam started TRP, Josh from RD.net gave him my name to help out here. Looking forward to help.