- 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.
If I could have highlighted the entire book I would have, but it was getting gratuitous. Thanks to Sam Harris for saying all of the things thinking people want to in a way we wish... Read morePublished 6 days ago by J KEVIN BAKER JR
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I "read" the audio version of this book. Sam covers well the perspectives of the "other side", the "moderates"... Read more
Excellent. Perhaps a little to philosophical in places. Faith based religion is apparently the bane of civilization.Published 12 days ago by raven1939
I don't believe so I enjoyed the logical conclusions draw in the book. Great layout and enjoyed the consciousness primer portion.Published 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
Very shallow, superficial thought process. Deepak Chopra's "The Future of God" does an excellent job exposing the fallacies of Sam Harris' feeble argument presented in the... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
Another most consistently accurate authority of scientific facts.Published 1 month ago by Dr. Albert C. Vinci