Letter from a Christian Citizen: A Response to "Letter to a Christian Nation" by Sam Harris

Letter from a Christian Citizen A Response to Letter to a Christian Nation by Sam Harris In Sam Harris wrote Letter to a Christian Nation which argues that religion is often self contradictory irrational regressive and at times barbaric In response Douglas Wilson has written h

  • Title: Letter from a Christian Citizen: A Response to "Letter to a Christian Nation" by Sam Harris
  • Author: Douglas Wilson
  • ISBN: 9780915815661
  • Page: 479
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In 2006, Sam Harris wrote Letter to a Christian Nation , which argues that religion is often self contradictory, irrational, regressive, and at times barbaric In response, Douglas Wilson has written his own little book Letter From a Christian Citizen As Gary DeMar writes in the foreword, Douglas Wilson has taken the operating assumptions of Sam Harris seriously andIn 2006, Sam Harris wrote Letter to a Christian Nation , which argues that religion is often self contradictory, irrational, regressive, and at times barbaric In response, Douglas Wilson has written his own little book Letter From a Christian Citizen As Gary DeMar writes in the foreword, Douglas Wilson has taken the operating assumptions of Sam Harris seriously and has shown what life would be like if the world were consistent with atheistic assumptions Wilson attempts to dismantle Harris arguments and demonstrate the positive impact Christianity has had on society.

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      I write in order to make the little voices in my head go away Thus far it hasn t worked.

    957 thoughts on “Letter from a Christian Citizen: A Response to "Letter to a Christian Nation" by Sam Harris

    • Christopher Hitchens was absolutely correct when he accused Wilson of having contempt for thought. Never before have I read a letter by a person so happy, so proud of his own bondage. Beginning with an egregious straw man of atheism that persist through the entire letter, Wilson misunderstands and falsely represents Harris's arguments and ineffectively attempts to dismantled them. There are a number of false analogies that continue to betray Wilson's ignorance of atheism, false dichotomies--his [...]


    • I read this book today and was torn about what to rate it. Either two stars, or four. So I opted for the Aristotelian mean. Why two stars? Because a lot of Wilson's claims are just plain ignorant about what philosophical positions atheists can hold, and justify. I get tired of the Bahnesbot approach to dealing with atheists, viz "you're just a bag of matter," or "materialism admits of no immaterial entities in your ontology," or "atheists must be moral relativists," etc. In one place Wilson says [...]


    • Wilson seems to think that compassion cannot exist without some supreme being floating above us in vengeful judgment. Not only is this ignorant, but it's pretty goddamn sad


    • This is a solid and witty response to the recent book by Sam Harris. We find here a strong example of Douglas Wilson's apologetical style.The book is direct, and yet still manages to carry a sincere air of respect and civility. Wilson makes strong and penetrating arguments while still keeping his cool and retaining his trademark sense of humor.Unfortunately, due to the way things work, the primary audience of this book will likely be Christians, so it will be essentially preaching to the choir. [...]


    • A point by point counter-argument to Sam Harris' provocative "Letter to a Christian Nation" published a few years ago. Pastor Wilson does a good job exposing some holes in Mr. Harris' logic, but ultimately failed to persuade this non-believer that God and Jesus must be the truth. I appreciate Pastor Wilson's intellectual rigor, and even though the central argument about God's existence is nothing new, it remains a very interesting debate.


    • The book is pretty well written. The response is a brief but substantive to reply Sam Harris's book. He does not address Harris point for point but rather attack's Harris's underlying philosophical assumptions. He does so cogently but some may be looking for a point for point response to Harris. I thought this book achieved it's goal and was very approachable (as was Harris's book). I'd highly recommend them as a pair.


    • It was more fun to read it without having read the original atheist book. Having read the atheist book that prompted it does not detract, and I highly recommend to anyone looking for a spirited response to Harris' ranting.


    • If you want to know how to respond to nonbelievers without getting squeaky, get a hold of this. Especially good when read with Letter to a Christian Nation in the other hand.





    • "There is no soundtrack to consistent atheism. No swelling violins in the background but rather stark, everlasting silence." p 59 "This certainty of yours arises from your convictions about the nature of the universe""But they will throw something. if we are to solve the problems you point out in this section, something must be done with the people." 95"you want to save the secular democracies of Europe. You want to do it without religionAnd what does Darwin say about one population replacing an [...]


    • Whether its debating Christopher Hitchens or replying in print to Sam Harris, Doug Wilson is good--very good--at rebutting atheistic critiques of Christianity. He does it superbly here in this short book. He pokes holes all over Harris' arguments. In fact, Harris has no leg to stand on, because he critiques Christianity using moral platforms imported from a Christian worldview--the very worldview he seeks to deconstruct. This is a common shortcoming of atheism that no appeal to evolution or natu [...]


    • Great little book that can be read in an hour or less. Doug uses his wit and charm to respond to the book put forward by Mr. Harris called Letters to a Christian Nation.Its the same ole song and dance really. Men like Mr. Harris spout of all manner of things but if they actually lived in a world that lived consistently with this worldview they'd crawl in a corner, suck their thumb and ask for their bankey.Pastor Wilson has taken on the task of answering the fool according to his folly, for the f [...]


    • Reading this book is like watching someone get punched in the same place a hundred times. Although, Doug Wilson is by no means cruel or harsh in this book. I think it demonstrates that logic is really not the issue with the New Atheists (whatever they are). Bahnsen was right when he said that you can logically demolish your opponent using presuppositional apologetics. However, it seems to me that this only works on an atheist like Sam Harris who try way to hard to be moral and radically material [...]


    • I read this alongside the book in which this book was written in response, Letter to a Christian Nation by Sam Harris. Wilson does a very good job pressing Harris on the question Harris failed to answer, by what standard. By what standard does any atheist operate that compels anyone to find atheism convincing? The Christian worldview sees the Bible and God as the standard, an atheistic viewpoint uses what as a standard? They can't answer, they don't have one. Most fall back on sentimental notion [...]


    • An awesome response. Wilson does a great job of unraveling the piss-poor philosophy Harris espouses.I did feel at times he kind of harped on one point (morality). The obvious rebuttal is there there is, in fact, no morality. That shifts the argument away from what Wilson is arguing.All in all, a great read. Superbly written.


    • One of the best Christian apologetics books I have read. Thoroughly embarrassing for it's target, Sam Harris. The contrast in critical thinking ability and intellect is stark - Wilson takes Harris apart effortlessly. Anyone who can't see this is deluding themselves or "had their fingers in their ears" going "la la lah".


    • This book is an excellent reply to Sam Harris' "Letter to a Christian Nation". Sam Harris comes off pretty amatuerish and Wilson seems to have fun pointing out Harris' lapses in coherent thinking. I gave this book to one of my professors who gave us the Harris book to read, I never got a reply from her.


    • An illustration of Presuppositional Apologetics in action, as it's applied to Sam Harris popular book. Doug's writing style is witty. Presuppositional Apologetics is a great apologetic to utilized but it can be difficult to write it at times. Though the book is short, it is a good read. I recommend it.


    • Pretty decent responseo philosophers going toe to toe. Wanted to read Wilson's response after reading Ravi Zacharias' response a couple of years ago. Somewhat repetitive, but in debates like these it's hard not to be because the entire discussion usually hinges on a few key issues that must be exhausted in depth.


    • This book is a response to Sam Harris' "Letter to a Christian Nation". I liked this book but at times found myself confused about what Wilson was referring to. I found Mr. Douglas to be a little more sarcastic than I would have thought someone would be in dealing with the subject of atheism. I would recommend this book to anyone.


    • A good, short, and clear presentation of the gospel news and the borrowed capital from Christianity of Mr. Harris's arguments.



    • Well written. It could easily stand alone or be read with "Letter to a Christian Nation." A really quick and fun to read book with really well thought out arguments beneath it all.






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