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, the world can no longer tolerate views that pit one true god against another. Most controversially, he argues that the 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.
©2007 Sam Harris; (P)2004 W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.
A great read. Still relevant 10 years later. A fair, measured approach to a sensitive topic. Sam Harris is quickly becoming one if my favorite authors.
Books on tape are awesome! Audible sometimes sucks because it won't let you purchase Audiobooks after you already ordered them!
This is a must read for anyone looking to get to the bottom of spiritual dogma. The examples sited in this book in conjunction with the confidence in which it is presented makes this an instant classic and a great guide to non faith based life. Thank you again Sam.
Could not make it through a few minutes of this book. Sounded like captain kirk (star trek) was the inspiration for the narrator. Maybe will try reading instead of listening to this book.
But when he got into a comparison of Western versus Eastern religions, I lost a lot of respect for the author. For instance, when he stated that Christianity is better than Islam because former President Bush would not indiscriminately kill 3000 Muslims as they did to us, it shows his bias. But until then, I was right with him!!!
I enjoyed this book very much but I have to say I liked The god Delusion and God is not great much more...I guess it really depends on what style you like more...Over all I think it makes a good addition to any library and I would highly recommend it.
Billy Dennis Jr
I must agree with other reviews that the content of this book is outstanding. Incredibly stimulating and thought provoking. I wish it was Sam's voice that delivered this masterpiece.
Sam Harris presents striking blow after striking blow against the ridiculousness of believing ancient myths, their apparent sheltered position away from critical analysis, their hallowed position in society and the way in which critisism is seen as an attack on people, not ideas.
He adds to this the examples of faith run rampant and the effects of some of this fundamentalist faith onto the real world and innocent people.
Atheists might shy away from the usage of "spirituality" along side science when describing the analysis of conciousness but the reader need not be concerned, a rigorous scientific approach to any analysis is central to Harris' approach.
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