Importantly, Smith claims that Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are each “historical” religions, in a way that Hinduism and Buddhism are not. What does he have in mind by “historical” if the idea is supposed to distinguish the Eastern and Western Religious traditions?
Faith and MadnessFaith and Madness
Something you hear from critics of religion a lot is that faith really calls for a psychological explanation. Freud, you may recall, thought of faith as a kind of neurosis. Harris certainly doesn’t follow Freud in the details, but does allege that faith is akin to madness. Why? What openings for response do you see to that charge?