- 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 found this book to be very well written, Sam Harris makes an excellent case against religion.
Not only that, but in this chapter, Harris decides to go after Chomsky, who bravely stated that 9-11 was the result of poor American foreign policy.
If you believe in god and religion it will make you think very hard about wasting the rest of your life.
A must read for all of the book religion followers. You will be quite surprised to find that the only way you truly differ from an atheist is that you believe in a deity and they... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Susan Rhodes
Thought provoking to say the least. I was ready for this discussion, but many would not understand.Published 3 days ago by Bill_2625
Sam Harris is one of our current thinking minds. Written well and easy to understand, Sam brings a logical discourse that seems to be lacking today. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Chris
An excellent telling of Sam's opinion on the root cause of religious tension stemming Islamic belief. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Mimyr
Sam Harris is clearly well known and very educated. This does not necessarily translate into a book that will be accepted by those who it truly needs to reach... ie. Read morePublished 11 days ago by m60
This man is such a good writer. He is brave and understated. GreatPublished 11 days ago by Christopher A. Aquino
A great book, especially if you have always thought religion odd and not a way to tell bad from good. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Elaine Carpenter