- 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.
I truly believe that religions have fundamental problems when it comes to violence, among them Islam is unique, totally agreed. Read morePublished 2 days ago by ZI
I have read a summary of this book through getAbstract. While I share the autho's general idea, I find some flaws in his reasoning and some conclusions, probably based on ill... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Esam M. Al Eissa
While Mr. Harris makes some interesting points, he drifts way off topic on some pretty long rants, and I gotta say he completely lost me when he started advocating for 1 world... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Sean Bogart
This is a fairly good book. The first few chapters are easy to read and convey clearly that the religious messages that we believe and quote as facts are replete with statements... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Lofty Basta MD
This book presents a heavy attack on religion as a whole. It does have a broad scope: neuroscience, mysticism, historical analysis... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Lucas
Taking his books as a whole, Sam Harris's pugnaciously marketed manifesto fetters his tribal mythos of rat lab Mindfulness-Based Dzogchen Dilettantism (MBDD) with secular Israeli... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Prajna
Ordered for my husband and he hasn't stopped reading this book since it came. No problems here!Published 17 days ago by Patricia Johnson