- 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.
Wonderfully articulated for all levels of believers/non-believers alike. It's just the truth folks!Published 3 days ago by J. Segers
On the whole a good read, but like other books of this type there is a bias toward blaming religion for what is basically human failings.Published 11 days ago by David G. Cohen
Harris makes the case against belief without evidence brilliantly. More academic stylistically than Dawkins who tries rather hard to be accessible, but certainly no less worth... Read morePublished 11 days ago by sam
If you want to read a couple hundred pages of pure emotive ranting, pick this book. Don't get me wrong, I understand Harris from an emotional viewpoint. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Edward
Sam Harris put the last nail in Faiths' coffin. He is very rational, unbiased and cool headed. Not just attacking religions, but trying to show the irrationality and blind beliefs... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Koan
The book arrived on time!
Sam is such a great writer, stopping the nonsense of religious superstition right in its tracks!