Sent: Sunday, November 05, 2006 4:41 PM
Subject: Harris article " Case Against Faith"
The following letter was sent to NEWSWEEK MAGAZINE in
response to an attack by Sam Harris on believers in a
Harris is another whining, shallow skeptic who thinks
that he is exempt from offering evidence for his views.
He berates believers' positions as being "protected from
the demands to give good evidence and valid arguments in
defense of their ...beliefs."
Much so-called science is guilty of the very weakness
that it attempts to place on the believer. For example,
I have before me a book titled DARWIN IN THE GENOME, by
Lynn Helena Caporale. She holds impeccable credentials,
with a Ph. D. from the University of California; in
addition, she has taught at New York University,
Kettering Cancer Center, and Georgetown University.
However, no where in scientific writings do I find
scientists and skeptics requiring her to explain where
or how life began before the evolutionary process that
she describes, could take place. The very first sentence
of her PREFACE reads: "Long ago, consciounsness began to
emerge within life on earth." The first sentence of her
PROLOGUE states: "There was a moment in time when the
dust itself edged, in slow motion, over a boundary into
Therefore, even though many skeptics accuse the believer
of not offering good evidence and reasons for their
belief in a Grand Designer, Dr. Caporale launches into
her sermon on the evolutionary development of genes
without a trace of evidence that dust can become alive
though the magic of time. She offers no reason and no
support for such an Alice-In-Wonderland position.
Thinkers will not be fooled by pseudo "scientists" and
"skeptics" into believing that their positions are
always based on experimentation, evidence, and reason.
Skeptics can and do write great fiction! Harris is one
Fillmer Hevener, Ed. D.