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This important and timely book delivers a startling analysis of the clash of faith and reason in today's world. Harris offers a vivid historical tour of mankind's willingness to suspend reason in favor of religious beliefs, even when those beliefs are used to justify harmful behavior and sometimes-heinous crimes. He asserts that in the shadow of weapons of mass destruction, we can no longer tolerate views that pit one true god against another. Most controversially, he argues that we cannot afford moderate lip service to religion; an accommodation that only blinds us to the real perils of fundamentalism. While warning against the encroachment of organized religion into world politics, Harris also draws on new evidence from neuroscience and insights from philosophy to explore spirituality as a biological, brain-based need. He calls on us to invoke that need in taking a secular humanistic approach to solving the problems of this world.


ISBN 9780393327656
Genre PHILOSOPHY / Movements / Rationalism
Format Paperback
Pages 348
Publisher Date 2005-10-01 00:00:00.0
Publisher W W Norton & Co Inc
Copyright Year 2005
Height 8.25 in
Wdth 5.75 in
Thickness 1.0 in
Unit weight 0.65 lb
Language English
Subtitle Religion, Terror, And the Future of Reason
Edition Detail Reprint
Audience General/trade
Authors Harris, Sam
Dimensions 9.0x6.45x0.75

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  • Sam Harris' "The End of Faith"
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    While I am sympathetic to Sam Harris' arguments against religion; I must say that he has much maturing to do as an author before I can whole-heartedly recommend his works. If you are looking for an informative and well written argument for Darwinian evolution which, naturally, refutes the weak arguments of organized religion look to Richard Dawkins' "The God Delusion." Harris, unlike Dawkins, often sounds pedantic and intentionally inflammatory. I do not doubt Harris' intelligence nor do I find significant faults with his core arguments (though his doomsday prognostications and radical politics can be difficult to stomach). However, his flip style of dealing with religious doctrine only serves to alienate (by deliberately offending) those semi-religious adherents who may be inclined to listen to reasonable arguments against their faith. Hopefully Harris will continue to mature and produce influential works in the future, but for now his works seem to do more harm to the American secular movement than good.

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  • The End of Faith
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    This is a great book that explores the reasons why faith fails us and indeed causes us more harm than it's worth. We accept so many nonsensical beliefs because so many other people believe them. But under the calm, rational light of reason, these beliefs crack and crumble. We need to do this reasoning or these unhsubstantiated beliefs will continue to create more pain for the people of the world. Sam Harris has done us all a wonderful service by writing this provocative book.

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  • Excellently written
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    Sam Harris does a remarkable job of expressing his point of view to the reader. I would highly recommend "The End of Faith" to anyone, atheist or theist. - For the Atheist looking for a book to give to a religious friend, I would suggest "Letter to a Christian Nation"; it is much shorter, allowing one to easily read it in a single day.

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  • This needs to be taught in schools

    Sam Harris is a brilliant man who eloquently and passionately advocates his belief that civilization needs to cease its dependence on religious dogma. This is truly an excellent read, and I highly recommend his follow-up text, Letter to a Christian Nation, as well. I should warn you that he's not too kind to those who still hold on to their religious faiths; this book was definitely written for people who think like him.

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