I have been reading Stanley Hauerwas's The Peaceable Kingdom. It washes my soul after the subjection of gunk thinking it received from reading Sam Harris's The Moral Landscape. What I like about Dr. Hauerwas's book is how he, rightly in my opinion, locals ethics in both who we are and the story we tell about ourselves. It made take notice of the narrative that fuels Harris's writing as well as my own.
I view my life inside a greater story of God's story with mankind. Jesus, as the incarnate God, establishes his relationship with us out love. His relationship opens a door for us to transcend our base self center illusionary self, into what God created us to be. God does so by Jesus' life, death and resurrection. Salvation comes Jesus.
Sam Harris views history as the fight of humans to free themselves from superstition and religion through science and reason. His myth comes from an old enlightenment reading of history and popular during the Victorian age. The story was popularized in my youth by Carl Sagan and his Cosmos series on PBS. The irony is that this mythological story has more to do with belief than with historic fact. The story upholds evidence and reason, but then it has to ignore it. Example is Sam Harris strange use of the history of Slavery. He chastises Christianity for getting slavery wrong and then points to some passages in the bible. Slavery, he claims, is the easiest moral judgment and Christianity got it wrong. All pretty damning, if it weren't for history. Both the movement to end the slave trade in Brittan and slavery in this country were movements led by Christians who cited their faith as the reason for their opposition to slavery. These movements were founded by Charismatic movements like Quakers, Methodist and others. Most of the enlightened figures around that time were absent from this movements. For Sam Harris to say Christianity got it wrong can only come from his narrative and not from the evidence. The seeds of his mythology misled him.