- 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.
Great book. Sam is an excellent author and I love his clarity of thought. Sam uses very tight reasoning which I appreciate.Published 9 days ago by Cognizant
This is indeed a fine book. What I expected, however, was a book about religion. Well, it is, up to a point. Read morePublished 19 days ago by J. Mathys
The End of Faith is good, but not great. Certainly, it is loaded with unique, eye-opening perspectives, but it is also filled with repetitive babble, and never really talks about... Read morePublished 19 days ago by PAC-2
Excellent book, after reading this you'll realize how practicing Islam is like looking back in time at the 14th century. Author also goes over the holy inquisitions too. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Meme
The treatment of religious beliefs as dogmatic archaic tenets is right on the mark. Accurately states the extreme danger for society resulting from these beliefs. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Howard Jones
This was the quickest education I have ever received regarding religion, I had no idea of the vast amount of differences between each religion and the individuals practicing and... Read morePublished 27 days ago by Jeff Weigler
Sam Harris is an extremely intelligent man, a great debater and an accomplished writer.
The obvious criticism one might make is that he is preaching to the choir (please... Read more
So, I'm reading Sam Harris's The End of Faith, a typical Enlightenment critique of religion. Religious people are dingbats because they believe in stuff for which there is just no... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kenny Glass
Born and raised Presbyterian with Southern Baptist summers working my grandparents Midwest farm, I had many fears about reading this book. Will I lose my faith? Read morePublished 1 month ago by doug brown