I found letter to a christian nation at a borers display shelf. I was a christian at the time but doubting heavily my beleifs. I bought in secret and read it in secret and was no longer a christian by the time I was done reading it a few hours later.
First heard & read about him via Richard, then did the usual thing, like, looking for stuff on the Internets, found (much like Mr. Joshua) Sam Harris’s Aspen Ideas Festival speech on YouTube, got hooked instantly, bought both his books, read them, happily forever etc.
A friend gave me a copy of The End of Faith and I found a fellow traveler. I’ve been convinced of—and been writing about—the harm of religion for many years.
I first heard of Sam Harris when he was on The Colbert Report promoting The End of Faith
Ronin “In all honesty I wish there was a cheap/small version of an “atheist bible” I could put places or give to someone. The not so Holy Book of Reason??
This belongs in the Project File!!
I bought god is not Great from Coles book store and read through that before Christmas, and then my mom got me The End of Faith as a Christmas present! So that was the first time i had even heard of Sam Harris. After reading that i went back to Coles and bought Letter to a Christian Nation. It’s amazing how much Sam Harris could fit into a book that’s only 100 pages long! It really changed my life reading that book.
Saw him on a talk show in 2004, bought the End of Faith, and have been a fan since.
I’m not completely sure where I first heard/read about him. It may have been when he appeared on The Colbert Report. I also saw him in The God Who Wasn’t There and as I knew my brother had a lot of material on atheism, I checked out his (and the other usual suspects’) lectures and debates and read his books.
Definitely a fan.
From Bill Maher!
Did Maher recommend his book or something, because I’m pretty sure Sam has never been on Real Time?
I really have no idea. I do remember watching videos of him on youtube where he was talking about there being a giant diamond in his back yard and I thought that was cool so I read his books
I read The End of Faith and Letter to a Christian Nation. As a Jewish feminist, much in Letter resonated with me; especially his graphic descriptions of the horrors of the Inquisition. I think Sam Harris is brilliant and I’m happy to be a part of this forum. However, I sense that we may have some respectful disagreements. I could be wrong, but it seemed that The End of Faith was implicitly pro-Iraq War in some passages. It also seemed to equivocate and stop short of a full condemnation of torture in all circumstances. I’m very interested in how others on this forum view these issues as I am completely against the use of torture under all circumstances and I think that the Bush/Cheney War in Iraq was an appallingly irrational undertaking.
As a Jewish feminist, I admire Sam Harris’ support for Ayaan Hirsi Ali. She is a brilliant and courageous woman. I have read both of her books.
I have enormous respect for her overall. However, I’m a democratic socialist as well as a feminist which means that my economic philosophy is to the left of hers. But no matter in the context of her pathbreaking and courageous advocacy for the rights of women to live free from fundamentalist oppression, the torture of female genital mutilation, and domestic violence in all of its evil forms.
Who’s Sam Harris?? Haha just kidding… I was wandering the philsophy section of the bookstore and I saw “The End of Faith” and that was that. Great book by the way…
I first heard of Sam Harris after coming across a copy of “The Best of Christmas - Sam Harris Live”. I loved it, so I went online and started watching “The Class” on CBS. I then booked tickets to see him at…
Oohhh, you mean that Sam Harris. I can’t quite remember, but I think I first heard of him through a Richard Dawkins video on YouTube. I’m glad I did because he is certainly one of the best speakers on religion and atheism anywhere in the world. Thank god for people like Sam!
my sam harris genealogy:
Catholic School begot the Bible, the Bible begot 30 yrs of confusion, confusion begot C.S. Lewis, C.S. Lewis begot Carl Sagan, Sagan begot curiosity wonder and awe, curiosity begot interest in science and evolution, evolution begot Richard Dawkins, Dawkins begot Sam Harris, Sam Harris begot official leap from religion to atheism, atheism begot Christopher Hitchens, Hitchens begot interest in literature and politics and history.
Carl Sagan would have to be my Big Bang, from which all relevant things sprung from NOTHINGNESS
I can’t believe it’s been a few years since I first heard of Sam Harris, but I heard about him right about when his book was coming out. I’m also subscribed to quite a few atheist/agnostic blogs and kept up with him (and other freethinkers this way). I’m also a big fan of Sam’s commentary about atheistic spirituality. He’s right - spirituality does not automatically equal superstition. I think it’s great that Sam went against the grain when he said that atheists can be spiritual!
I’ve also read and loved “Letter to a Christian Nation.” I’m still working on “The End of Faith.” Sam, if you ever read this ... keep up the good work/fight!
My mom (of all people) recommended that I read Richard Dawkin’s book “The God Delusion”. After that I started frequenting RichardDawkins.net and the RDFRS. It was from there that I learned of folks like PZ Meyers, Daniel Dennett (sp) and of course Sam Harris. It was also from RD.net that I saw the link to the Reason Project. It seems that the Reason Project is attempting to be more that what RDFRS tries to be, so I thought I would make the switch over here.
Not a lot of members yet, but the site is new. However, the site is great and has lots of promise, so hopefully over the next few months we will see an increase in traffic.