In The End of Faith book, in the chapter ‘The Problem with Islam’ Sam Harris asks the reader
“To imagine what it would take to live peacefully with the christians of the fourteenth century - Christians who were still eager to prosecute people for crimes like host desecration and witchcraft.”
He uses this little thought experiment to allow the reader to comprehend the problem of islam in the world. But what I would like to know is…
What happened to the christians of the fourteenth century? I mean, at what point did the witch hunts stop?
What was the catalyst(s) for the progression of moral development that eventually took place in that society back in the fourteenth century?
And if there are identifiable factors which caused a shift to a more ‘moral society’ then could these be applied to Islamic countries?