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Sam Harris


Sam Harris

Sam Harris is the author of the bestselling books “The End of Faith”, “Letter to a Christian Nation”, “The Moral Landscape”, “Free Will, Lying, and...


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Sam Harris Responds to Chris Hedges’ ‘Fundamentalism Kills’ Column

On Tuesday, in a column that can be read here, Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges criticized Sam Harris (above) as being a fundamentalist. We offered Harris, who was once a prominent contributor to this site, a chance to respond, and he has done so.

Posted on Jul 26, 2011 READ MORE


In Defense of Elitism

When it comes to politics, there is a mad love of mediocrity in this country. “They think they’re better than you!” is the refrain that (highly competent and cynical) Republican strategists have set loose among the crowd, and the crowd has grown drunk on it once again. “Sarah Palin is an ordinary person!” Yes, all too ordinary.

Posted on Sep 23, 2008 READ MORE


Sam Harris Strikes Back

Truthdig / Todd Wilkinson

The following is Sam Harris’ response to Chris Hedges’ essay, “I Don’t Believe in Atheists.” Last week the two Truthdig contributors battled one another over the issues of religion and politics during a live debate in Los Angeles. While they both agree on the dangers posed by religious fundamentalism in America, their views on religion in general differ greatly, as you will soon read.

Posted on May 29, 2007 READ MORE
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Sam Harris: ‘God’s Rottweiler’ Barks

Pope Benedict XVI
AP/ Jens Meyer

The bestselling author of “The End of Faith” responds to Pope Benedict XVI’s speech on the interplay between faith and reason. Harris: “It is ironic that a man who has just disparaged Islam as ‘evil’ and ‘inhuman’ before 250,000 onlookers and the world press is now talking about a ‘genuine dialogue of cultures.’ ”

Posted on Sep 16, 2006 READ MORE


Sam Harris: The Language of Ignorance

The Double Helix and the Cross
Illustration: Karen Spector

The bestselling secularist author of “The End of Faith” delivers a scathing review of “The Language of God,” a new book by Human Genome Project head Francis Collins that attempts to demonstrate a harmony between science and evangelical Christianity.

Posted on Aug 15, 2006 READ MORE


Sam Harris on the Reality of Islam


“The truth about Islam is as politically incorrect as it is terrifying: Islam is all fringe and no center,” writes America’s most prominent secularist in a challenging and provocative new essay.
UPDATE: Harris responds to a deluge of comments and some criticism.

Posted on Feb 7, 2006 READ MORE


Sam Harris Takes On the Muslim Cartoon Controversy and His Critics

Sam Harris
Courtesy of Sam Harris

UPDATED: America’s most prominent secularist and author of the international bestseller “The End of Faith” reacts to the worldwide Islamic cartoon riots and responds to many of the criticisms lodged against his Truthdig essay “An Atheist Manifesto.”

Posted on Feb 3, 2006 READ MORE

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Sam Harris
Sam Harris

Sam Harris is the author of the bestselling books “The End of Faith”, “Letter to a Christian Nation”, “The Moral Landscape”, “Free Will, Lying, and Waking Up” in addition to the forthcoming Islam and the “Future of Tolerance” (with Maajid Nawaz).

He is a graduate in philosophy from Stanford University and has studied both Eastern and Western religious traditions, along with a variety of contemplative disciplines, for twenty years. Mr. Harris is now completing a doctorate in neuroscience.

His work has been discussed in Newsweek, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Chicago Tribune, The Economist, The Guardian, The Independent, The Globe and Mail, New Scientist, SEED Magazine, and many other journals.

Mr. Harris makes regular appearances on television and radio to discuss the danger that religion now poses to modern societies. “The End of Faith” won the 2005 PEN Award for Nonfiction. Several foreign editions are in press.

Harris is a cofounder and the CEO of Project Reason, a nonprofit foundation that aims to spreading scientific knowledge and secular values.

Mr. Harris lives in New York City. He can be reached through his website at


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