- 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 is extensively footnoted, in fact almost 50% of the content is the epilogue & footnotes.
Harris goes to great length to footnote each argument or fact he... Read more
everybody in the world of whatever religion should read this superb critique. We would all have, thereby, a happier and more peaceful world wide tomorrow.Published 3 days ago by Thomas A. Elwood
Fascinating book. Thank you Sam Harris for another brilliantly written adventure into humanity.Published 4 days ago by Vicki L. Esch
interesting take on things. Nice to hear from different points of view and Sam makes very valid points. Read morePublished 9 days ago by bakari
Rating five stars. A masterpiece work teaching the basic concepts of how valid and critical thinking is formulated. Read morePublished 10 days ago by richard figueroa
It is a bold approach to tackling the issue of religious doctrines and how they affect their followers beliefs and actions. Read morePublished 12 days ago by RJS
Just finished this book and I'm sitting in an airport bar, wanting to share its thesis with the guys and gals sitting beside me.
It's a highly provocative read. Read more