- 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.
So far I am about half through this book and it quite a good read. I would highly recommend it for anyone willing to engage in opening their eyes about Islam, and how debilitating... Read morePublished 9 hours ago by Dustin Miller
This book is by far, the most interesting and inspiring reading I had in quite some time. It is well written and researched, and it should be considered a must read for anyone,... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Panzer Max
Amazing inside and point of view.
Thinks of and takes you to sides you never would think about .
Giving this three stars is tough, because the vast majority of this book I really enjoyed. The problem comes towards the end when Harris starts dipping his foot in what must be a... Read morePublished 14 days ago by SkySurfer
GREAT BOOK, and if you know of Sam Harris and his work, you'll feel as though he's talking directly to you. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Jeffrey G.