Debates

 

Sam Harris vs Rev. Giles Fraser

On the Science of Good and Evil

 

Sam Harris vs. William Lane Craig


 

Is There an Afterlife?

Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris vs. Rabbi David Wolpe and Rabbi Bradley Artson

 

 

The Great Debate



On November 6th, 2010 a panel of scientists, philosophers, and public intellectuals gathered to discuss what impact evolutionary theory and advances in neuroscience might have on traditional concepts of morality. The panelists were psychologist Steven Pinker, author Sam Harris, philosopher Patricia Churchland, physicist Lawrence Krauss, philosopher Simon Blackburn, bioethicist Peter Singer and The Science Network’s Roger Bingham. Recorded live at the Arizona State University Gammage auditorium.



Watch the other presentations and panel discussion: The Great Debate



 

Sam Harris vs. Mark Oppenheimer: Is Religion a Force for Good?



Voltaire once wrote, “If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him.” Leaving aside whether we actually did, can the same be said of religion?

Economist Debate

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The Ground Zero Mosque: Sam Harris vs. Reza Aslan

August 18, 2010

Sam Harris speaks with Patt Morrison and Reza Aslan about the Ground Zero Mosque and the problem of Islam.

The Ground Zero Mosque: Debate with Reza Aslan

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Harris and Shermer vs. Chopra and Houston



Sam Harris and Michael Shermer debate Deepak Chopra and Jean Houston on Nightline (3/23/10).

 

 

Harris, Hitchens, & Dennett vs. Boteach, D’Souza, Wright, & Taleb

Ciudad de las Ideas (Puebla, Mexico, 11/8/2009)




 

 

Sam Harris vs. Philip Ball

Sam Harris and Philip Ball discuss the conflict between religion and science. They do not agree…

What should science do?

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Sam Harris vs. Rabbi David Wolpe

Does God Exist?
November 6, 2007

American Jewish University presents best-selling authors Sam Harris and Rabbi David Wolpe in a debate about the existence of God and the role of religion and faith in society. Sam Harris is the author of The End of Faith and Letter to a Christian Nation. Rabbi David Wolpe, of Sinai Temple, is the author of Teaching Your Children About God and Why Be Jewish. This debate is moderated by Los Angeles Times religion editor Steve Padilla.

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On Secularism: A Round Table

What is the role of secularism in contemporary politics, and what does it mean to be tolerant towards others’ religious or non-religious views? Micromega is presenting a two-week long round-table to discuss these issues, with Roberta De Monticelli, Daniel Dennett, Paolo Flores d’Arcais, Marcel Gauchet, Sam Harris, Avishai Margalit, Thomas Nagel, Fernando Savater, Dan Sperber

On Secularism



 

Sam Harris vs. Chris Hedges (part 1 of 9)


This debate was held as a benefit for TruthDig at UCLA’s Royce Hall on May 22nd, 2007, before an audience of 1,300 people. Robert Scheer served as moderator.


Chris Hedges
is a former Middle East bureau chief for The New York Times and a graduate of Harvard Divinity School. He is the author of “American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America.” 

Robert Scheer is a journalist with nearly 40 years of experience and the author of eight books. He is the editor in chief of Truthdig.


Sam’s written addendum to the debate can be found here:

Response to Hedges

 

 

Sam Harris vs. Andrew Sullivan

Is Religion Built Upon Lies?



Harris debates blogger and Conservative Soul author Andrew Sullivan in a no-holds-barred “blogalogue.”
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Sam Harris vs. Rick Warren



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April 9, 2007

From the Introductory Essay: “Is God Real?”, by Jon Meacham

If you know anything about the two men, you will not find their answers surprising. The details of their arguments and the play of their minds, however, shed light on the nature of the clash about religion at this moment in America. Warren believes in the God of Abraham as revealed by Scripture, tradition and reason; Jesus is Warren’s personal savior and was, Warren argues, who he said he was: the Son of God. Harris, naturally, takes a different view. “I no more believe in the Biblical God than I believe in Zeus, Isis, Thor and the thousands of other dead gods that lie buried in the mass grave we call ‘mythology’,” Harris says. “I doubt them all equally and for the same reason: lack of evidence”...

Rick Warren is as big as a bear, with a booming voice and easygoing charm. Sam Harris is compact, reserved and, despite the polemical tone of his books, friendly and mild. Warren, one of the best-known pastors in the world, started Saddleback in 1980; now 25,000 people attend the church each Sunday. Harris is softer-spoken; paragraphs pour out of him, complex and fact-filled— as befits a Ph.D. student in neuroscience. At NEWSWEEK’s invitation, they met in Warren’s office recently and chatted, mostly amiably, for four hours. Jon Meacham moderated. Excerpts follow.

God Debate: Sam Harris vs. Rick Warren

 

Sam Harris vs. Reza Aslan

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Does the Bible provide timeless prescriptions for our daily lives? Or does its inclusion of practices such as slavery preclude its ability to act as such a guide? Are Osama bin Laden’s grievances with the United States purely theological, or also social and political? Reza Aslan, author of No god but God, and Sam Harris, author of Letter to a Christian Nation, take up these questions in this debate at the Los Angeles Public Library. The debate is moderated by Jonathan Kirsch, author of A History of the End of the World.

Debate

 

 

Sam Harris vs. Dennis Prager

Author of the thundering anti-theist polemics The End of Faith and  Letter to a Christian Nation, Harris may just be the Thomas Paine of an emerging movement to wrench religion out of American life. Prager is a nationally syndicated talk radio host who trumpets the virtues of the Judeo-Christian tradition… (www.jewcy.com)
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