I've not been a big fan of Sam Harris, never read any of his books. What can he tell me that I don't already know about atheism or the fallacies of theism? And most likely I can write it better than he did. Still, he did write the books and I didn't and I'm glad to see a public figure who is unabashedly atheistic in public and has sparked public interest in it.
However, a recent article of his really impressed me. He actually did say a few things in a way I hadn't thought of, it can be found here:
Sam Harris Article
Below is an excerpt I especially liked. At the end of the article he mentions another article he did that answers 10 myths & truths about atheism. I was less impressed with that one and will write my own answers to it when I have the time and post them here.
*1. /Religion is true/:* There are two problems with arguing that any one of the world’s religions is true. First, as Bertrand Russell pointed out a century ago, the major religions make incompatible claims about God and about what human beings must believe in order to escape the fires of hell. Given the sheer diversity of these claims, every believer should expect damnation on mere, probabilistic grounds. The second problem with arguing for the truth of religion is that the evidence for the most common religious doctrines is terrible or nonexistent—and this subsumes all claims about the existence of a personal God, the divine origin of certain books, the virgin birth of certain people, the veracity of ancient miracles, etc. For thousands of years, religion has been a haven for dogmatism and false certainty, and it remains so. There is not a person on this earth who has sufficient reason to be certain that Jesus rose from the dead or that Muhammad spoke to the angel Gabriel in his cave. And yet, billions of people profess such certainty. This is embarrassing. It is also dangerous—and we should stop making apologies for it.