- 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.
Rudimentary concepts like intersectionality, historical relevance, and political determinism find no place in these shallow, egotistical screeds.
If you believe in god and religion it will make you think very hard about wasting the rest of your life.
As an atheist, I found this to be immensely hypocritical and an endorsement of genocide. Avoid this morally bankrupt book.Published 1 day ago by C. Hernandez
AMAZING for content, psyche changing or metanoia in greek AND IT IS NARRATED BY Brian Emerson aka Jonathan Marosz, who is one of the GREATEST audiobook narrators of all time,... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Nicholas
There are a lot of written notes in ink in the first few pages of the book.Published 12 days ago by Virgil John Wiegand
A courageous effort to expose the absurdity of belief without evidence and a warning of the danger posed by Islam in particular . Read morePublished 15 days ago by Doug
Maybe should be required reading for every person who thinks that somewhere in that religion from the middle east, there is going to be a reckoning that compassion, love,... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Chuck Weller
I would love to find more acceptance at being an atheist. This book was so Islam bashing, it was absurd. I don't think any religion is good for our society but Mr. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
Sam Harris expresses an insightful view of secular views of life.Published 20 days ago by Edmund John Berven