- Sam Harris discusses his controversial book in depth in our exclusive interview.
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Interestingly, Harris is not just focused on debunking religious faith, though he makes his compelling arguments with verve and intellectual clarity. The End of Faith is also a bit of a philosophical Swiss Army knife. Once he has presented his arguments on why, in an age of Weapons of Mass Destruction, belief is now a hazard of great proportions, he focuses on proposing alternate approaches to the mysteries of life. Harris recognizes the truth of the human condition, that we fear death, and we often crave "something more" we cannot easily define, and which is not met by accumulating more material possessions. But by attempting to provide the cure for the ills it defines, the book bites off a bit more than it can comfortably chew in its modest page count (however the rich Bibliography provides more than enough background for an intrigued reader to follow up for months on any particular strand of the author' musings.)
Harris' heart is not as much in the latter chapters, though, but in presenting his main premise. Simply stated, any belief system that speaks with assurance about the hereafter has the potential to place far less value on the here and now. And thus the corollary -- when death is simply a door translating us from one existence to another, it loses its sting and finality. Harris pointedly asks us to consider that those who do not fear death for themselves, and who also revere ancient scriptures instructing them to mete it out generously to others, may soon have these weapons in their own hands. If thoughts along the same line haunt you, this is your book.--Ed Dobeas --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The book holds a mirror up to the readers and forces them to reexamine preconceived notions of cultural superiority. Read morePublished 6 hours ago by Amazon Customer
While "letters to a Christian Nation" may have cast the spotlight on Mr. Harris, "the end of faith" focused that light even further as he continues to speak of the... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Eliyahu Grossman
Once I started this book, I couldn't put it down. Even though I've been an atheist for over 40 years, this book caused me to re-examine and ultimately change some of my own... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Dear Prudence
THe best book ever. IT appeals to common sense and reason. It has set me free. Life is a bigger and more amazing experience with the shackles of religious dogma gone. A. Read morePublished 4 days ago by R. Skaggs
If you don't believe in God or Gods and believe even less in religion as a force for anything but evil you'll love it! Read morePublished 5 days ago by Martin
While Sam Harris' book is definitely on the ground in atheist territory, it is more of a philosophy on atheism than is books by Dawkins, Mills, Hitchins or Stenger. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Robert D. Williams
- Excellent at proving how faith infects (and destroys) so many human activities.
- Demonstrates the flaws of Islam (and other religions). Read more
This is so thoughtful and provocative. Sam really puts it all together. If only more people opened their hearts and minds, it would be a much better world.Published 24 days ago by Patricia Finder-Stone
This sloppiness and lack of intellectual scruple, with the assumption of certainty where there is none, combined with adolescent shrillness and intolerance, reach an apogee in Sam... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lew Craig