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The End of Faith | [Sam Harris]

The End of Faith

Here is an impassioned plea for reason in a world divided by faith. This important and timely work 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.
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Here is an impassioned plea for reason in a world divided by faith. This important and timely work 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, 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.

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    Adam Cape Girardeau, MO, United States 11-05-12
    Adam Cape Girardeau, MO, United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "The Book that Launched the Nu Atheist Movement"
    If you could sum up The End of Faith in three words, what would they be?

    This is a structured indictment of faith and religion in all its forms.


    Have you listened to any of Brian Emerson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was thought provoking. While I don't agree with all of his positions Harris' prose style and plethora of sourced information can't help but force you to considered your own principled stances.


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    Darwyn 10-29-12
    Darwyn 10-29-12 Member Since 2011

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    "It would be nice if humanity would grow up"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, this book explains adroitly why religion is such a decisive force within human cultures. With humankind reaching the point where anyone will be able to destroy us all such superstition is anachronistic and potentially a madness that can end all life as we know it.


    Any additional comments?

    Please read this!

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    Thomas Plano, TX, United States 10-11-12
    Thomas Plano, TX, United States 10-11-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Avoid the word "atheist""

    Sam Harris has always been an idol of mine in terms of his secularism. In this book, he delves into the facts, and doesn't much delude with fiction, as religion apparently does.

    Harris explains what happens when you take any holy scripture literally. His focus is typically aimed at Christianity and Islam, but the critical thinking he uses can be applied to any and all religions. In the end, humanity's progression hinders on the supression or elimination of organized religion outright.

    If you are interested in a thought-provoking narration of Sam Harris' work, this is a good book to start with.

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    Lemart chicago, IL, United States 08-20-12
    Lemart chicago, IL, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely. It has some great information that doesn't try to necessarily convince you that there isn't a god but delves more into the nature of how people have faith.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The End of Faith?

    Comparing the different religions and showing that no religion is any better or worse based on their dogma.


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    JOHN Plantation, FL, United States 02-11-12
    JOHN Plantation, FL, United States 02-11-12 Member Since 2003

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    "Brilliant"
    Any additional comments?

    Sam Harris left no stone unturned explaining his thesis that

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    Fran San Francisco 08-04-11
    Fran San Francisco 08-04-11
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    "Well Narrated"

    The audio by a professional narrator is clear and distinct. But, having heard Sam Harris speak, I was surprised by his stilted and tedious writing style. The subject matter is important, and what he has to say deserves to be heard and considered by all. But Sam Harris could say it all with1/2 the words. The important messages of this book need to be extracted into a more concise and succinct read. Near the end of the book I set the playbook speed to 2x normal just to get it over with. I will continue to seek out Sam Harris' Podcast lectures and debates, but as a writer, he has a style something akin to slow drying paint. Being very pedantic, his writing is not nearly as engrossing as his speaking style.

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    mary j aboughadareh 12-23-08
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    "A little disappointing"

    I think Sam Harris is great. I agree with may of the others about the reader. It would have been much better if Harris had read it himself. I usually don't like books read by the author, but in this case it would have been a better choice. Letter to a christian Nation was a better book.

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    Walter 06-23-08
    Walter 06-23-08
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    "This is my last Sam Harris book"

    In general I agree broadly with Harris' views on religion and society.
    However, I do not agree with the way he singles out Islam for extensive ridicule. Although religious zealotry is rampant among Islamic fighters and their fellow travelers, let us not forget that our president claims he has a personal contact with Jesus Christ and uses that language to foster support among our home grown zealots.

    Moreover the fact is suicide bombs as a tactic of warfare simply work. Typically opponents of American foreign policy have no WMDs and Fighter Jets and ICBMs cannot be defeated with rifles.
    If the US military footprint only extended to the US border we (the cannon fodder) would not be terrorist targets.

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    Eugene S. 11-26-09
    Eugene S. 11-26-09 Member Since 2013
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    "garbage"

    This is more of a muslim-bashing book than a anti-theist book (half the book is devoted to specifically criticize islam). The author also completely whitewashes the US foreign policy towards the middle east, rationalizes torture, supports the invasion of Iraq, and in general sounds like a neocon. He even advocates killing people for thought crimes (how is that different from what religious nutjobs believe?).

    Some good points, but overall it's garbage. I enjoyed Dawkins's books a lot more.

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    Colleen Quinn Steamboat Springs, CO, US 11-24-13
    Colleen Quinn Steamboat Springs, CO, US 11-24-13
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    "Excellent book!"
    What did you love best about The End of Faith?

    Sam Harris argues that the we cannot afford moderate lip service to religion - and argues it well. Very persuasive and enlightening. I think Sam Harris is brilliant and I love to listen to his arguments. I highly recommend this book. I loved it.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like Sam Harris's The End of Faith, be sure to also read/listen to Letter to a Christian Nation.

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