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.
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Sam Harris is a powerful speaker, so I was disappointed to hear he didn't narrate this audiobook, but Jordan Bridges does a fantastic job.
This book identifies many problems with Christianity and religion in general, but is not meant for a Christian audience. Harris makes no effort to coax the religious away from their deities and instead gives them the cold hard truth. As he says in the beginning, this book is meant more to arm atheists against fundamentalists.
Harris's arguments and reasoning are easy to follow. This is a good quick-guide for any atheist.
I highly recommend this audio book. It is intellectually stimulating and commands your attention. I drove around the block a few times because I couldn't "put it down" so to speak.
Due to the brevity and clarity of purpose this little book is perhaps Sam Harris' most passionate argument for the danger caused by blind faith (is that redundant?) and belief. While it is targeted at Christians in America Harris is able to do what few others can - peel back the layers to illuminate how the issue is fundamental across all belief systems founded on an inflexible dogma claiming to have a monopoly on the truth. Exposing that all religions operate under a mindset which, despite claims to the contrary, are by definition mutually exclusive demonstrates how the most dangerous idea that man has conceived is that we can be certain that there is a utopia waiting for us after we live on this earth and that we know exactly what we need to do to get there. Once this belief is accepted a human can be manipulated by other humans to do things they would otherwise never do and far to often to the great detriment of mankind.
A lot of this is speculative and based on perspective as you would think. most of his ideas are extremely pointed. He seems to think that religion is solely responsible for the problems in the world and seems to think everything would be better off without it. I haven't read the original book to this yet as it's very expensive on here and I'm out of credits, but based on this book this man has no clue about how the human mind works nor does he have any perception of people outside of religion.
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.
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