“There is no denying that most of us have emotional and spiritual needs that are now addressed – however obliquely and at a terrible price – by mainstream religion. And these are needs that a mere understanding of our world, scientific and otherwise, will never fulfil. There is clearly a sacred dimension to our existence, and coming to terms with it could well be the highest purpose of human life”. (p. 16)
“Our spiritual possibilities will largely depend on what we are as selves” (p. 210).
Sam Harris, The End of Faith, Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason, Freepress 2004.