Religion, Fundamentalism, and Extremism
Sam Harris is CEO of Project Reason. He received a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA, and is a graduate in philosophy from Stanford University. Even though Sam Harris isn’t a friend to religion, I think he makes several excellent points about religion, fundamentalism, and extremism.
- Religion is a nearly useless term and to lump Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, and Jainism into the same category is problematic.
- To call Islam a religion of peace is delusional. Jainism is a religion of peace – the crazier you get as a Jain, the less we have to worry about you. Jain extremists are paralyzed by their pacifism. The problem therefore is not religious extremism if your core beliefs are truly non-violent.
- The problem isn’t fundamentalism. The problem with Islamic fundamentalism are the fundamentals of Islam.
Do you agree or disagree with Sam Harris?