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  • Dale Kuehne

    Sex & the iWorld

    Professor of Politics and The Richard L. Bready Chair for Ethics, Economics, and the Common Good at Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH.

    In this blog I'm highlighting signposts of the world in which we presently reside as a means of helping promote a civil, and meaningful dialogue about what kind of world in which we wish to live. I am particularly interested in exploring how might we reconcile the individual good and the common good, and where reconciliation isn’t possible, which should take precedence and why.

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Palm Sunday

Posted by Dale Kuehne on March 27, 2010

A philosopher on why we should ditch religion.

http://us.cnn.com/2010/OPINION/03/25/ted.sam.harris/index.html?hpt=C1

Pilate said to them, “What shall I do with Jesus who is called Messiah?” All of them said, “Let him be crucified!” Then he asked, “What evil has this man done?” But they shouted all the more, “Let him be crucified!” Matthew 27:22-23

Seems that was tried during Holy Week a few years back.

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3 Responses to “Palm Sunday”

  1. So his point is “You guys should all stop worrying about what you think is important and worry about what I think is important. Christians, for example, don’t ever have anything to say about poverty, nuclear proliferation, the crisis in education, or genocide, they only talk about not allowing gay marriage, which is nuts, so they should shut up.”

    Yeah, sure. Christians never mention poverty. Completely new subject to us. Gee, thanks Sam for pointing that out to us. Don’t know what we would’ve done without you.

  2. Additional note. I generally like the TED series very much. But it does bring up the question “What are the credentials that get you called a philosopher?”

  3. Lauren Fithian said

    Harris said “We talk about morality in ways that are uncoupled from real questions of human and animal suffering.” He gives the example of too little talk about nuclear proliferation and too much talk about lesser issues such as gay marriage. That much I can agree with. Lots of Christians talk about nuclear proliferation–and he is wrong as to those people. But lots of Christians sound like they are completely obsessed with the “gay issue.” Beyond that quite limited point I think he did a terrible job of presenting the “secular humanist” perspective.

    He goes on to say that religion gives “bad answers to the most important questions.” Yikes! When religion gets overly bound up in politics I agree this is a potential problem. But beyond that, I think his comment is nothing more than anti-religion. Religion gives plenty of people good and moral answers to life’s most important questions. I really feel like he is somewhat of an embarrassment to the secular humanism–at least in this particular video.

    I do agree with his (poorly stated) assertion that many moral positions are dismissed simply because the person asserting the position does not associate with a particular religion whereas sometimes even outrageous moral positions are accorded a certain degree of protection from argument simply because they are stated as religious in nature. (“Cuz God says, that’s why.”) I believe someone used just such an argument on Dale’s Facebook post of this video–when they asked the question of where Harris gets his morals. The idea that a person cannot come up with sound moral and ethical positions outside of or in the absence of religious affiliation is narrow-minded. Harris himself obviously has some good moral values.

    Philosopher credentials? I believe he is a philosopher. It was kind of silly to use it as a title here.

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