My most memorable game as a coach did not come from a win but rather from a loss. I had been hired earlier that year to coach the JV Basketball team for a small Christian school in North Carolina. The school’s varsity team had repeatedly finished first or second for several years in a row thanks in large part to a varsity coach who had been hired soon after his conversion because of his record for winning. In fact, the varsity team’s record was one of the major recruitment tools that the school used to grow their high school program. Their JV team, however, was not doing as well, and they hired me to teach their young players the fundamentals of the game and prepare them to compete on the varsity level.
To prepare for my response to atheist Sam Harris’s $2,000 challenge, I downloaded both the Kindle version of his book and the audio book version which is read by Harris himself. I also downloaded about eight hours worth of Harris’s various talks and lectures. As I listened to the audio book, I began to be more and more aware of bits of Buddhist thought which Harris was sneaking into the text. I found this intriguing, but not necessarily surprising. Most atheists have an affinity for Buddhism as a result of their shared desire to eliminate negative emotions. What did surprise me, however, was the discovery that Harris is a practicing Buddhist.
Bill Fortenberry is a Christian philosopher and historian in Birmingham, AL. Bill's work has been cited in several legal journals, and he has appeared as a guest on shows including The Dr. Gina Show, The Michael Hart Show, and Real Science Radio.
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