Sam Harris’s Journey To Faith In Christ

By: Curtis Ophoven 0 Comments   6/11/2013

One of the books that I’m reading this summer is Sam Harris’s “The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Value”.  Sam Harris is one of the prominent Atheists of this age. 

He along with Christopher Hitchens, author of “The God Delusion," Richard Dawkins, author of “The Greatest Show on Earth," and others like David Silverman, President of America Atheists, have been elevated as great thinkers of this age.  

Sam Harris, the author of the New York Times bestsellers, 'The End of Faith,' 'Letter to a Christian Nation,' 'The Moral Landscape', and 'Free Will' is also the Co-Founder and CEO of Project Reason, a nonprofit foundation devoted to spreading scientific knowledge and secular values in society. You might be thinking why I would want to read anything from these guys, so I let me begin by answering that question.   

I love to read these guys, first because watching the greatest intelligent minds fail to build a foundation of meaning apart from Christ results in their work becoming a testimony of the knowledge of Christ, and second, I like to point out the weakness of their arguments to show the world just how much greater the knowledge of Jesus Christ is.  If the knowledge of Christ is truly the greatest knowledge in the universe, then why not put it up against the greatest minds in the world and watch them crumble.   

Because I have previously written about, Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, and David Silverman, I wanted to gain some knowledge about Sam Harris so I could address his ideas.  This is why I bought his book “The Moral Landscape”.  The title of his book caught my attention because I consider myself fairly well educated in the sciences with my education in Electrical Engineering.  

I was astonished by what I found in the first chapter of Sam’s book.  I think Sam may be the smartest of all these guys because he has come to the understanding that the evidence of the world we live in points out that truth must exist.  To reject truth or moral value is to reject reasoning - which Sam cannot do.  Put another way, Sam refuses to reject reasoning - no matter where it leads.        

This is a step away from Atheism and towards Christ.  And the Atheist community realizes what direction Sam has taken, which is why he has so many critics, as seen by how many times he tried to address them in his book.  I touched on this change in direction in an article a few months ago titled, “The Atheism Movement Is Losing Its Luster with the Next Generation”. 

By taking this step, Sam is acknowledging the foolishness in which Atheism rests upon.  And now that he has made this step, there is no place to go that does not lead to Christ.   

Here is what Sam wrote in chapter 1; 

“I am not suggesting that science can give us an evolutionary or neurobiological account of what people do in the name of “morality”. Nor am I merely saying that science can help us get what we want out of life. … Rather I am arguing that science can, in principle, help us understand what we should do and should want – and, therefore, what other people should do and should want to do in order to live the best lives possible. “

I agree with his notion that society should be able to look at science to determine what is good for us and what is bad for us “in order to live the best lives possible”.  But what Sam does not realize – yet – is that the knowledge of Christ is how we can “live the best lives possible”.   The reason Sam does not see this yet, is because he is blinded by the hypocrisy of religions, which he constantly points out in order to rule out the knowledge of Christ as a possible source of Truth, and so he continues looking to the only thing he can trust to determine truth – science.   

Can Science Determine Truth?

Sam is saying that the knowledge of Christ cannot be the answer because it is surrounded by religious systems that are hypocritical and unjust.  Sam does not realize that Jesus agreed with him, and spend a large part of his ministry addressing the religious leaders of his day.  In many of the same ways the Christian religions today fail to represent the God of the Bible.  Sam recognizes the existence of evil and that it demands a Holy and just God, but he does not see the God of the Bible because of the injustice found in the religions that claim to be based on Christ.   

Sam is saying that he cannot believe in a God that is unjust and unloving like the religions of the world believe in.  I agree with Sam, I don’t believe in that God either.  He is correct to reason that the existence of evil demands a Holy and just God, because no other God could bring order and peace to humanity.  Evil must be dealt with by someone that is not evil. This is the gospel of Christ.

"For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed" - Romans 1:17

The problem with science is that it cannot lead us because science begins with assumptions about who we are and who God is.  Science can reveal who we were, but it cannot fix us.  Science can collect data in every nation, culture and generation to prove that the knowledge of Christ is true, but who cares?  Science has been revealing that we are born with evil in our hearts, which is the root cause of human despair, forever – but no one is interested in the findings.  Every scientific result of suffering that could have been avoided, reveals that humanity is wicked at heart.  

Science reveals this day after day, but we don’t care.  People don’t care what science reveals, we want to be wicked regardless of the consequences to us or others.  This is exactly that Jesus told us,

“This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed.” – John 3:19 -20  

This is why Sam cannot convince the Atheist community to put their faith in science to define morality, because science begins with assumptions and can always be shown to reveal the knowledge of Christ is true.  The Atheist community is unwilling to go there.  They only want to use science to support their ideology that God does not exist – “they hate the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed.”    

I titled this article “Sam Harris’s Journey To Faith In Christ” because Sam is on a spiritual journey just like you and I.  If Sam continues to follow reasoning, it will lead him to Christ.  Just as it has lead Atheist Lee Strobel to Christ once he took this step to being looking at the evidence objectively, as documented in his book The Case For a Creator.  Sam has already taken the first step by following the evidence that moral values must exist.  And this is a big step away from Atheism, which is built upon the theory that morality cannot exist.  

All of this from just one quote in the first chapter of Sam's book.   I wish I had more time to address so many other great things that Sam points out in his book, I could probably write an entire book in response.

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