- 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 have read Sam Harris' book with an open mind and heart to the contents of religion. The author is quite a well-known atheist and philosopher with a Stanford education. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Sylviastel
I enjoyed reading this book. It takes a harder stance on religion than any of the other popular, best-selling atheist books I've read, but I particularly enjoyed the last chapter... Read morePublished 14 days ago by PN
“Religious faith represents so uncompromising a misuse of the power of our minds that it forms a kind of perverse, cultural singularity—a vanishing point beyond... Read more
When Thomas Paine wrote his critical analysis of the Bible and religion at the end of the 18th century, he had the release of the book delayed until after his death. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Robert F vonBriesen
good read, something you must read if you are interested in the big science vs. religion debate.Published 29 days ago by Victor
Sam Harris tells it like it is. Sound reasoning. Faith is the antithesis of reason!Published 1 month ago by Penmaven