- 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.
Although this was not the first book I have read by this author, it was one of my favorites. He did a wonderful job discussing the issues. Would highly recommend this book.Published 1 day ago by Alicias
GREAT ACCOUNT OF FAITH IN OUR TIMES AND DIRECTION! HOW FAITH CAUSES DISCOURSE!Published 3 days ago by FAD60
I've quickly become a fan of Sam Harris not only because I find his writing style incredibly easy to read but because I find his contribution to each subject matter as highly... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Daniel Yanez
Read this book with an open mind, ignoring all of your previous beliefs. If you do so, your life just might be changed.Published 9 days ago by Diana Harris
Excellent book; well-written discussion of faith vs. spirituality.Published 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
A compelling argument that there is no rational foundation for religious authority in determining moral human behavior.Published 26 days ago by d north