- 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.
Harris' refreshing style and phrasing blasts away the dogmatic fog that often clouds the topic of faith and religion. Read morePublished 3 days ago by pen_pal
If you read my review of Harris' "Letter to a Christian Nation," you already know I find his early books a good introduction to the
pursuit of a non-religious world... Read more
though arguments tend to be long winded, it is the most complete book describing the perils of religious beliefs. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Chris Price
I'm an atheist. Anyone who calls themselves a thinking individual who buys into Dawkins (who I love on evolution, incidentally) and Harris and the late Hitchens on religion is... Read morePublished 11 days ago by J. S. Dodds
Great material. Sam Harris is an incredible thinker. The only thing I didn't like was the printing quality of the book. Read morePublished 18 days ago by dangerous64
To come to the end of one's faith can be anything but depressing as long as you have literature and a community to replace the christian books you read and the church you have... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Denis Tate
Excellent Book! Sam Harris presents his case convincingly, I wish it was compulsory reading in all Schools - sadly unlikely to happen though as our World is dominated by delusional... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Ian
Correct me if I'm wrong but weren't Danton, Lenin, Sanger, Than Shwe, Stalin, Mengele, Mao, Kim Il Sung, Ceausescu, Honecker, Castro, Pol Pot, Broz Tito, Milosevic, Bonaparte and... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Maxximiliann
A little dry. Insights to how we reason and what we believe may be a bit presumptuous for all persons. He's on to an aspect of faith that I had given little thought to. Read morePublished 1 month ago by joe+mkt