Killing The Buddha is a recent Sam Harris blog post. I generally agree with what Sam is saying in this post [Buddhism would benefit from taking out the irrational elements] but can’t help thinking that criticizing religions is too narrow and somewhat misses the point of the difficulty he is referring to – superstition, blind belief etc.
I think this tendency to beliefs and superstitions must be something in people rather than religions. I can talk to a person in a way I can’t talk to a religion. I think the same irrationality might be also attributed to an atheist or a scientist if they we’re being doctrinal or dogmatic.
I’m just not sure that it’s helpful to think in terms of religions rather than individual people [as if the religion was imposing something on the people, rather than – what I take to be more realistic – that religions are made up of people].
What do you think?