The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason
Natalie Angier wrote in The New York Times: "The End of Faith articulates the dangers and absurdities of organized religion so fiercely and so fearlessly that I felt relieved as I read it, vindicated....Harris writes what a sizable number of us think, but few are willing to say."This important... show more
Natalie Angier wrote in The New York Times: "The End of Faith articulates the dangers and absurdities of organized religion so fiercely and so fearlessly that I felt relieved as I read it, vindicated....Harris writes what a sizable number of us think, but few are willing to say."This important and timely book delivers a startling analysis of the clash of faith and reason in today's world. Harris offers a vivid historical tour of mankind's willingness to suspend reason in favor of religious beliefs, even when those beliefs are used to justify harmful behavior and sometimes-heinous crimes. He asserts that in the shadow of weapons of mass destruction, we can no longer tolerate views that pit one true god against another. Most controversially, he argues that we cannot afford moderate lip service to religion; an accommodation that only blinds us to the real perils of fundamentalism. While warning against the encroachment of organized religion into world politics, Harris also draws on new evidence from neuroscience and insights from philosophy to explore spirituality as a biological, brain-based need. He calls on us to invoke that need in taking a secular humanistic approach to solving the problems of this world.
Publish date: September 17th 2005
Publisher: W. W. Norton
Pages no: 348
Edition language: English
Good read setting the stage on the issues with religions. Definitely came off attacking Islam more than the others, which I am ok with. Discussed the Holocaust and other historical events and how religion played a part (cause?).
There are many good points in this book.And, on the other hand, there is a huge amount of bullshit!This book, in my opinion, is full of meaningless ideas and false accusations. Sam Harris apparently doesn't mean understand Islam or even religion for that matter. I felt that he read the Koran just to...
The narrative suffers from bias. There are much stronger compelling ways of showing the follies of faith instead of reason based on science then was presented in this book. Robert Wright's book, "The Evolution of God" covers the same kind of material that's in the first half of Harris' book, but he ...
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