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Letter to a Christian Nation Audiobook

Letter to a Christian Nation

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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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    wolflover 08-29-09
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    "Loved it"

    the author clearly shows the danger to the human race in continuing down the present path. I loved this book...it should be required reading.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Jensen San Jose, CA USA 05-24-07
    Dan Jensen San Jose, CA USA 05-24-07 Member Since 2016

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    "Let's Speak Freely, Brother"

    Again, Harris hits home with a direct address to the true, uncompromising Evangel-American. His tone is pleasant, fair, and startlingly uncompromising.

    This couldn't be much more timely and relevant.

    The narration is smooth and crisp.

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    "Required Reading for America!"

    After publishing his best-seller "The End of Faith," Harris received thousands of letters from Christians across the country challenging his viewpoint and admonishing him for not believing in God. This little book (1hr 56min, unabridged) is his courageous rebuttal to a near Christian-majority population. Instead of "lashing out" against his fellow countrymen for their difference of opinion, Harris calmly and in a straight forward manner, questions the very mindset of Christians. Especially intriguing, was the way he walks the Christian reader through a direct comparison of how they undoubtedly feel about the beliefs of Muslims and other religious groups, and then points out how these others "believers" undoubtedly feels exactly the same way about the Christians' beliefs. This is a very fast and easy read, worth the 2 hours.

    Overall ... "Highly recommended if your interested in opening your mind to how others see your own beliefs (or lack there of)."

    11 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Neuron Sweden 08-28-14
    Neuron Sweden 08-28-14 Member Since 2016

    Family father, neuroscientist, and non-fiction addict.

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    "Short, concise, straight to the point, hard hittin"

    Letter to a Christian nation, as the title suggests, is written as a letter to a Christian nation i.e. the United States. The reader should not expect to find any original critique. What makes this book special is Sam Harris ability to deliver arguments in an extremely forceful and clear way.

    He begins the book with some important premises which many religious people simply do not think about or have repressed. For instance, either God exists or he doesn't. If the Christian God exists (as he is described in the bible) then the Muslims are wrong and the other way around. Indeed if the Christians and the bible is correct then all Muslims (and Hindu, Buddhists, pagans etc) will go to hell.

    If you believe that the bible is the word of God then you must believe the above and you must also advocate the stoning of people who work on Sundays etc. Ok, you say, but we shouldn't take it literally, fine, but then how do we interpret it, and how do we know which interpretation is the right one? Also if a divine being wrote the Bible is it too much to expect him to reveal a few secrets about the universe, like how to cure cancer or how electricity work or whatever. It seems that whoever wrote the bible did not know more than the average person at the time the bible was written. It would also have been nice if God or Jesus had said that slavery was wrong instead of letting us reach that interpretation two millennia (and many many slaves) later.

    This was just one example out of a dozen or so arguments that Harris brings up suggesting that God does not exist or that if he does he is not a very nice creature. Because it is short, clear and very accessible this ranks among the best books I have read in this category. Highly recommended.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Gregory United States 12-18-12
    Gregory United States 12-18-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Direct, powerful, well reasoned, must read"

    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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    Susan B. Bay Area, CA 05-18-07
    Susan B. Bay Area, CA 05-18-07 Member Since 2013

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    "Provocative"

    Very targeted look at the evils of fundamentalism, regardless of the basic religion.

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    Greg Lansing, MI, USA 12-13-06
    Greg Lansing, MI, USA 12-13-06 Member Since 2006
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    "Finally"

    This should be required reading. If I were rich I would pay Audible to make this a free download. At the very least this should accompany any purchase of "A Purpose Driven Life".

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    Calvin smith 05-26-17 Member Since 2016
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    "An excellent and devastating critique of religion"

    This is a great introduction to some of the best atheist arguments. Sam Harris writes in a way that clearly articulates deep ideas without the clutter or over simplification of some other authors. I highly recommend this book as well as the Moral Landscape which I consider to be one of the best books ever written on the subject of morality.

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    Monika Hathaway 04-28-17 Member Since 2016
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    "This is one of the most important reads"

    Atheists are the most hated groups in the world yet are much less likely to commit the crimes we as a Western culture find deplorable. Why? Sam Harris makes one of the most rational arguments against religion. Perhaps that may be the issue, religion is based on faith rather than logic. I applaud Sam for tackling such a divisive issue in such a respectful way. A great read!

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    Kirk D. Perecich 04-25-17 Member Since 2016
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    "I wish Sam Harris himself narrated this"

    I wish Sam Harris himself narrated this and the end of faith, but it's still a good audio book

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