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Letter to a Christian Nation | [Sam Harris]

Letter to a Christian Nation

"Forty-four percent of the American population is convinced that Jesus will return to judge the living and the dead sometime in the next 50 years," writes Sam Harris. "Imagine the consequences if any significant component of the U.S. government actually believed that the world was about to end and that its ending would be glorious. The fact that nearly half of the American population apparently believes this...should be considered a moral and intellectual emergency."
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"Forty-four percent of the American population is convinced that Jesus will return to judge the living and the dead sometime in the next 50 years," writes Sam Harris. "Imagine the consequences if any significant component of the U.S. government actually believed that the world was about to end and that its ending would be glorious. The fact that nearly half of the American population apparently believes this, purely on the basis of religious dogma, should be considered a moral and intellectual emergency."

In response to his award-winning best seller The End of Faith, Sam Harris received thousands of letters from Christians excoriating him for not believing in God. Letter to A Christian Nation is his courageous and controversial reply. Using rational argument, Harris offers a measured refutation of the beliefs that form the core of fundamentalist Christianity. Addressing current topics ranging from intelligent design and stem-cell research to the connections between religion and violence, Letter to A Christian Nation boldly challenges the influence that faith has on public life in the United States.

Don't miss Harris' The End of Faith.

©2006 Sam Harris. All rights reserved; (P)2006 Simon and Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.

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    Daniel J. Jensen San Jose, CA USA 05-24-07
    Daniel J. Jensen San Jose, CA USA 05-24-07 Listener Since 2007

    gawia

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    "Let's Speak Freely, Brother"

    Again, Harris hits home with a direct address to the true, uncompromising Evangel-American. His tone is pleasant, fair, and startlingly uncompromising.

    This couldn't be much more timely and relevant.

    The narration is smooth and crisp.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Gregory United States 12-18-12
    Gregory United States 12-18-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Direct, powerful, well reasoned, must read"

    Speaking about my own personal journey deconverting from Christianity to non-religious, it was this book is what did it for me. I am always impressed by the clarity of thought and communication by Sam Harris. Nice work. Every Christian should read this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    DS NH 12-09-12
    DS NH 12-09-12 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "A LONE VOICE IN THE WILDERNESS"

    This refutes, very well I think, everything a Christian believes. Any thinking Christian (an oxymoron) would no longer be a believer after reading this book. All organized religions have outlived their usefulness in the developed world where people have access to education. In the modern world, organized religions may, in fact, be the root of all evil. Amen

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    gerald Amarillo, TX, United States 10-29-12
    gerald Amarillo, TX, United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2007
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    What did you love best about Letter to a Christian Nation?

    The openness of the discussion.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Mr. Harris's ability to discuss subjects that would be a taboo to most writers


    What does Jordan Bridges bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good Clear Commentary


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Mr. Harris addressed tough issues that most would be afraid to discuss.


    Any additional comments?

    I appreciated the honesty to address what many of us feel but are not comfortable to discuss openly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    HumbleRock 08-03-10
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    "Really intriguing!"

    Sam Harris poses questions that many Christians cannot answer. He clearly disagrees with all religions and is atheist but that does not take away from his credibility. I am not a christian and still found this book very interesting. I really like his style of writing as well, it's more of a conversation then a letter/book. I suggest everyone read this book, even if you don't agree with it, even if you're a christian, you don't know if your faith is true faith unless you can question it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    wolflover 08-29-09
    wolflover 08-29-09
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    "Loved it"

    the author clearly shows the danger to the human race in continuing down the present path. I loved this book...it should be required reading.

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    Susan B. Bay Area, CA 05-18-07
    Susan B. Bay Area, CA 05-18-07 Member Since 2005

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    "Provocative"

    Very targeted look at the evils of fundamentalism, regardless of the basic religion.

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    Greg Lansing, MI, USA 12-13-06
    Greg Lansing, MI, USA 12-13-06 Member Since 2006
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    "Finally"

    This should be required reading. If I were rich I would pay Audible to make this a free download. At the very least this should accompany any purchase of "A Purpose Driven Life".

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    Bert Norfolk, VA, USA 12-21-06
    Bert Norfolk, VA, USA 12-21-06
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    "A must"

    Perhaps some funder can make this available for free. This should be required reading (or listening) for every American. It about time that somenoe exposes religion for what it really is. The Emperor really has NO clothes.

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    Neuron Sweden 08-28-14
    Neuron Sweden 08-28-14 Member Since 2012

    Family father, neuroscientist, and non-fiction audiobook addict.

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    "Short, concise, straight to the point, hard hittin"

    Letter to a Christian nation, as the title suggests, is written as a letter to a Christian nation i.e. the United States. The reader should not expect to find any original critique. What makes this book special is Sam Harris ability to deliver arguments in an extremely forceful and clear way.

    He begins the book with some important premises which many religious people simply do not think about or have repressed. For instance, either God exists or he doesn't. If the Christian God exists (as he is described in the bible) then the Muslims are wrong and the other way around. Indeed if the Christians and the bible is correct then all Muslims (and Hindu, Buddhists, pagans etc) will go to hell.

    If you believe that the bible is the word of God then you must believe the above and you must also advocate the stoning of people who work on Sundays etc. Ok, you say, but we shouldn't take it literally, fine, but then how do we interpret it, and how do we know which interpretation is the right one? Also if a divine being wrote the Bible is it too much to expect him to reveal a few secrets about the universe, like how to cure cancer or how electricity work or whatever. It seems that whoever wrote the bible did not know more than the average person at the time the bible was written. It would also have been nice if God or Jesus had said that slavery was wrong instead of letting us reach that interpretation two millennia (and many many slaves) later.

    This was just one example out of a dozen or so arguments that Harris brings up suggesting that God does not exist or that if he does he is not a very nice creature. Because it is short, clear and very accessible this ranks among the best books I have read in this category. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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