Sam Harris has spoken so eloquently on these matters that he could save a lot of time and unnecessary posts here. While he may not be a God-given authority (!), he's well worth listening to.
Text:
http://www.samharris.org/site/about/
http://www.samharris.org/site/articles/
Sample video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=J3YOIImOoYMhttp://www.youtube.com
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=I8ZYiLSPDHE
Some lighter entertainment from Bill Maher:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=95iRvZOtUWA
Also worth checking out: Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett.


Edited by redewenur (11/19/11 05:49 AM)
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