Letter to a Christian Nation

Narrated by: Jordan Bridges
Length: 1 hr and 55 mins
Categories: History, Religious
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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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Should be cheaper

This message was supposed to reach a large audience. Why is it so expensive for less than 2 hours of audio?

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the examined life

Sam Harris has written this short work as a follow-up to his earlier book THE END OF FAITH (also available now from Audible).

Although titled in a way that suggests that christianity is the target of Harris' analyses and arguments (or, of that christian variant that insists the USA is, or should be, a "christian nation") don't let that mislead you.

It is actually a hyper-rationalist critique of religion in general, christianity simply providing the framework for structuring the arguments.

The work is well read and sufficiently short (a bit under two hours) that most would probably benefit from listening two or three times, at least to have given all the arguments a fair hearing.

An enormous amount of material is covered in the book and it would be no surprise to find that one argument or another triggered so emotional a reaction in the listener that portions of subsequent material were missed.

The book is a challenge to the religious, a challenge to apply the same rationality to religion and religious beliefs that we commonly apply to all other aspects of our world and lives.

Give this work a serious listen and you'll never deserve to be targeted by Socrates' "The unexamined life is not worth living"

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Original Thinking

Sam Harris gets my vote for the bravest man in America and the most rational, too.

No body likes athiests; they are reviled by all. Yet Sam Harris has stood up and said enough already with God, with all religions. He poignantly argues his point that religion isn't working so maybe we should try something else...how about reason. He says that no one has ever died from too much knowledge or reason.

This work is concise. He gets straight to the point and doesn't waste your time. I agree with the other reviewers who say that this should be required reading (and thinking) by all. We need a different paradigm in which to see the world if we are going to move forward. Sam Harris provides a new paradigm and is thinking outside the box. Are we going to continue our insane wishful thinking or are we going to make a change in time to save ourselves and to progress?

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Succinctly Brilliant

Harris' appeal to the Christian masses is both poignant and respectful. Without using straw men, he clearly articulates some of the major issues with religion and its effects on modern day life. Throughout his letter he remains appropriately considerate of his thoughts' potential shortcomings, which is a refreshing change from the arrogance of some other notable atheist scholars.

This is a very important work and is something everyone should listen to.

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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.

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Excellent

This is like a "God Delusion" pared down and easy to listen to. It was well written, excellent narration. Cuts to the chase. I've already listened to it twice and will listen to it again from time to time to get a refresher.

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Excellent

This is a great book, but should not have been necessary. The End of Faith should have been sufficient and I recommend starting there. If you are not prepared to put in the extra time, then this is the one for you.

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Factual, Educational and Interesting

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.

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Liked it better than End of Faith

In Letter to a Christian Nation, Sam Harris very succintly lays out the dangers of religious dogma. It contained many of the same points as 'The End of Faith,' but is much more focused. I'd recommend that people start with Letter to a Christian Nation and then read End of Faith if they'd like to get deeper on any of the topics.

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Audiobook version - Excellent reader

This book resonated for me as few before, but I've yet to see any comments on the reader, Jordan Bridges. This is among the finest and most engaging readings of a any work I've acquired. While not perfect, Bridges hits Harris' tone and intent time after time, matching him almost note for note. At times angry, sarcastic, witty, emotive and always passionate, this is a very fine effort that deserves recognition and respect. I hope we are lucky enough to hear Harris' next work read by Bridges.

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  • Colin Finlay
  • 07-28-19

Information that everyone should know!

The world would be a much better place if people took heed of what Sam Harris says.

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  • Ports
  • 05-08-19

A must read

This says it all really, my only hope is that this is read or listened to by more and more people. Than as the great Sam Harris says we may have some hope.

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  • Darren J.
  • 02-09-19

Oh No! I've got my knob stuck in the hover again.

Listened to this as it was mentioned in "The God Delusion" by Richard Dawkins. Whilst brilliant, it is not as good as above mentioned book, which, if you haven't already, you must now listen to.

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  • Mr. Steven R. Clark
  • 04-01-18

Succinct and to the point

One of the most important non fiction books you'll ever read.
A masterclass in the advancement of free thought and breaking the chains of faith.
Thank you Sam...

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  • Judy Corstjens
  • 02-10-11

Not easy listening for religious types

...but they probably will not even try, which is the pity with this type of book. Sam Harris is thoughtful, clever, funny and scary. It might seem expensive for only 1 hour 56 mins - but I think you'll want to listen to it twice.

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  • stephen macdonald
  • 10-17-17

Good, concise argument

I love Sam Harris as an author and I love listening to his narration on his other audiobooks. I would have much preferred to hear Sam Harris as the narrator on this one, especially if this is to be taken as his personal message to the Christian Nation. A few mispronunciations were distracting.

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  • Dimitris
  • 11-02-16

Analytical and terrifyingly accurate

Sam really pulls apart our belief systems and our failure to act rationally. Sometimes ear peelingly shocking in his rational and evidence based conversation.

Highly recommend to those interested in philosophy and new ideas.

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  • OatWood
  • 12-30-14

A useful summation of Bill Hicks position

The comedian Bill Hicks once said "Folks, it's time to evolve. That's why we're troubled. You know why our institutions are failing us, the church, the state, everything's failing? It's because, um – they're no longer relevant. We're supposed to keep evolving. Evolution did not end with us growing opposable thumbs. You do know that, right?"
Sam Harris presents the reasoning behind Bill's statement. I'm grateful for that. And I miss Bill.

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  • Joy Wang
  • 07-13-20

Highly recommended

Worthy read. Encourages critical thinking. Sophisticated questions about morality and divine existence. Highlights biblical dogma that's not usually raised in religious teachings (due to obvious lack of evidence or morality) that believers skirt around. Always a fan of Harris and practices that support education, and inquiry.

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  • Peter
  • 07-11-20

Excellent

Very articulate, clear and concise.
I highly recommend this book/ letter to everyone, but especial to religious people who blindly follow what they have been taught growing up and have left those teachings unchallenged...

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  • Luke
  • 04-19-16

Well done!!!

A very informative piece by Sam Harris. An excellent short book for anyone interested in the fallicies of the bible and the rubbish that christians believe. Athiest and believers should find this book interesting.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-13-20

Too short

No discount in cost to buy for an audio book that is under 2 hrs long.. same cost as 18hr long books.. if it wasn't for this I'd give it 5 stars

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-08-19

Clarity.

Either you are a religious person or not you should read this book. For a better world.

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  • Michael Barrell
  • 02-04-19

Brilliant

If you need a pocket guide on why religion’s presence is utterly unnecessary and thoroughly offensive in contemporary society then this is it. Narrator was brilliant (even sounds a little like Sam Harris). Hat’s off to Sam Harris

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  • Jonathan Bouzanquet
  • 09-14-17

Sam Harris at his logical best

Sam Harris is definitely one of the clearest fingers in the world today full stop