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.
All books like these can be a bit dry and it sorted started out that way, but it picks up quickly. A much easier read than a Christopher Hitchens book and just as brilliant. Sam Harris can really lay down the facts.
What an amazing and eye-opening read! I've read it three times already and I still can't get enough of it...
it has given me a lot of ammo against the pious. the reader was great and articulate as well which was a relief after listening to arguably essays by christopher hitchens which is also a great read.
Sam Harris has a steady grasp on the problems dogmatic faith imposes. It gets a little wishy washy at the end for my taste, but the man is learned, and his viewpoint is rational. I do wish he had done the reading himself, but that's a tiny gripe compared with the excellence of the book.
Probably not. This is the foundation Sam set down for future discussions. He came out guns blazing with this compelling, no-holds-barred criticism of irrationality. He has since turned his blunt attack into a irrefutable precision scalpel of truth.
I enjoyed this as much as "Disproving Christianity" for its point by point assessments and knock out arguments.
This Audio book moves fast and leaves you wanting more.
This book is a Rosetta stone to today's world. Once you understand the way human tribalism and credulity contribute to the worlds political and social climate, everything tends to make a lot more sense.
Great book but I am a fan of Sam Harris so I am bias. I don't think this is a book for everyone and would probably discourage the far right Christians from reading or listening to it.
As an agnostic, I was intrigued by this book and the hype around it. Harris makes many interesting points about the contradictions between faith and reason and it is apparent that this is a treatise against the hyper-religious rhetoric that was apparent post 9/11. At the same time I can't say that it is entirely persuasive because it fails to address the issue that believers are unlikely to en Masse abandon their beliefs by subjecting them to logical reasoning in the same way non-believers are going to accept a deity by giving into faith.
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