' The conflict between science and religion is reducible to a simple fact of human cognition and discourse: either a person has good reasons for what he believes, or he does not. If there were good reasons to believe that Jesus was born of a virgin, or that muhammed flew to heaven on a winged horse, these beliefs would necessarily form part of our rational description of the universe. Everyone recognizes that to rely on 'faith' to decide specific questions of historical fact is ridiculous-that is,until the conversation turns to the origin of the books like the bible and the koran, to the resurrection of Jesus, to Muhammed's conversion with the archangel Gabriel, or to any other religious dogma. It is time that we admitted faith is nothing more than the license religious people give to one another to keep believing when reasons fail.'
Sam Harris letter to a Christian Nation-a challenge to faith pp66-67