- 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.
I'll be the first to say that I might have went into this book a little biased (on the non religious side), so it goes without saying that I really enjoyed the book. Dr. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
Harris may not have the incomparable power of expression that Dawkins has, or the rigorously systematic gift for presentation that Dennet has, but he also does not have the brash... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Tanner the Seeker
Now what do we do with so many deluded people? So many who control and destroy so many lives, who believe so much with not a shred of evidence. Read more
The book contains a good amount of valid information, but Sam Harris goes off on a tangent by including spiritualism in it's content.Published 9 days ago by Jerry B. Schell
I sincerely enjoyed this book, and to a great degree, not only because of the quality of the writing, but because of what it is doing. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Austin
A great start if you have ever doubted your faith and are questioning what's true.Published 13 days ago by Bladestar
“I hope to show that the very idea of religious tolerance—born of the notion that every human being should be free to believe whatever he wants about God—is one of the principle... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Teed Rockwell
A must read! Everything that I always though about religious is written here...Published 14 days ago by Gabriel de Monteynard