IS RELIGION DANGEROUS?
Is religion dangerous? Sam Harris
thinks so. Harris is one of Americas most vocal critics of religion.
He blames the violent verses in the Koran and the Bible for inciting religious
conflict around the world. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge,
well talk with Sam Harris about the dangers of religion. And get
a response from renowned religious historian Karen Armstrong. She says
the core message of the major religions is the Golden Rule. Well
also talk with an American Muslim whos a stand-up comedian.
Sam Harris is the author
of the best-selling book, "The End of Faith," and a firm atheist.
He tells Steve Paulson religious certainty is not only irrational, it's
dangerous. He says believing in Allah or Jesus or the God of Abraham
makes no more sense than believing in Zeus. Talk about a guest who doesn't
pull any punches! You can read more about this interview, and view an
extended transcript, on Salon.com.
Karen Armstrong is the author
of nearly 20 books on religion. Her latest is "The Great Transformation"
which charts the origins of many of the world' great religions in the
so-called "Axial Age." Armstrong tells Steve Paulson that
traditions from Confucianism to Judaism emerged as responses to the
rampant violence of their time. And she says our own time has a lot
in common with that age. Also, Azhar Usman is a comedian who's
appearing on the "Allah Made Me Funny! Official Muslim Comedy Tour."
He tells Jim Fleming how he makes humor out of our stereotypes about
Muslims, especially on airplanes. And we hear some of his humor.
Nancy Klein Maguire has written
a book called "An Infinity of Little Hours," which tells the
story of the Carthusian order of monks. The Carthusians believe in complete
withdrawal from the world. They are the most austere monastic order
in Christendom and attract a remarkable sort of individual to their
order. Maguire tells Anne Strainchamps about the ones she got to know.
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- Karen Armstrong, The
Great Transformation (Knopf)
- Sam Harris, The End of
- Nancy Klein Maguire,
An Infinity of Little Hours (Public Affairs)
- After the Return:
Anouar Brahem w/ "Les ailes du Bourak"
on "Le pas du chat noir"
- After Harris:
Howlin' Wolf w/ "I Ain't Superstitious"
on "Howlin' Wolf: His Best"
- After Armstrong:
Matisyahu w/ "Exaltation"
on "Shake off the Dust....Arise"
- After Usman:
Anouar Brahem w/ "De tout ton coeur"
on "Le pas du chat noir"
- After Maguire:
Tallis Scholars w/ "Gloria"
on "Palestrina Masses"
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