- 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.
Read this book after I read Letter to a Christian Nation. This is not an easy read but well worth the effort.Published 6 days ago by Mark Twain
This book, along with "Letter to a Christian Nation," changed my life. I used to be a devout Christian but Sam's writing is so logical and clear that he was able to bring... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Travis
I love Sam Harris and it hurts to give 4 stars instead of 5 but there are some parts in this book that are just dreadfully boring. Read morePublished 8 days ago by christopher griffitts
Definitely a good read for anyone that frequently has religion forced onto them, or is confused.Published 9 days ago by Steven L. Bruno
His slant is obviously anti-Moslem. Better to attack/explain all religions.Published 11 days ago by cbwc
Jesus rose from the Dead !! And -- Every knee shall bow !! U will see !Published 11 days ago by Peter Oneil
this is a book everyone should read, but it has to be read with caution. harris's approach to faith and religion falls under the rubrics
of "abstract" and... Read more
Sam Harris is incredibly elloquent in his writing. He is not afraid to research historical events and overlay them with peoples convictions. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Jackie