- 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.
Very informative. A little heavy at times, but that's the subject.Published 12 hours ago by Graeme Scott
Ugh. Don't buy this book! I should have read the reviews before purchase. It came highly recommended by a trusted friend. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Bazinga
Few of the books that I have been reading the last years are as good as this book of Sam Harris. With overwhelming knowledge and grip on the subject Harris shows how wrong the... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
Easily one of the most powerful books I have ever read as it outlines the variety of transgressions that religion has perpetrated through the ages. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Barkley
For me this book was too long, with not much I did not already know. I realy like Sam Harris and have great great respect for his knoledge but I found a lot of the book boring.Published 25 days ago by David C Silvernail
Sam Harris is the voice of reason in today's society. He eloquently presents a case that we must side-line religion if we are to usher in a time of reason and thus, peace.Published 26 days ago by Charla