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Sam Harris on the Use of the Term "Atheist."

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Published on May 29, 2012

This is a compilation of clips of Sam Harris making the argument that there should be no such labels as atheist, anti-theist, secular humanist, rationalist, freethinker, bright, or any such terms for those who don't believe in God or who critique religion. He also makes the case that is is counterproductive to have atheist advocacy groups or a "new atheist" movement as if in order to use reason to critique religion you must "join atheism" as if it were a philosophy, ideology, or wordview. Harris argues it is not and that any ideology that hijacks reason for itself is in error. No ideology is needed to simply be intellectually honest and reasonable. He then goes on to answer the charge that atheism is itself a dogmatic religion based on faith and that it is responsible for the greatest crimes of the twentieth century, explaining that reasonable people are not dogmatically closed to the evidence for God. There is a short clip of Michael Shermer at the end explaining the difference between the type of certainty science delivers versus the claims of dogmatic absolute truth some religions offer.

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