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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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must read

anyone who has ever asked themselves, "Why doesn't that person see my logic?" would benefit from an open-minded read of these thoughts.

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Fantastic book

Loved this! Raised as a former evangelical fundamentalist, I loved EVERY single word. Thank you for this book!

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I thought the book was well written and interesting in my quest to better understand those who lack faith. Some of the points were certainly valid criticisms of religion and Christianity but many others took cherry picked facts and rode them to illogical conclusions in my opinion.

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Great listen!

Well thought out. Rational arguments. Sam Harris always gets me thinking and this was no exception. If you're offended by this letter, then you missed the point of the discourse.

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Finally a book about religion that feels true.

I was raised as a Mormon, and have a religious family. While I am spiritual and a very emotional person, I've never felt connected to, or even good about the mormon church, or any church. Prayer and scripture have always felt empty. I heard an interview with Sam Harris on a podcast and finally felt like I wasn't crazy for not being able to say that I believe that God exists and that religion makes no sense. I had to check out more of his books.

This book validated my own belief that religion causes divisiveness, war and hate with many points that ring true and right. He also made several points that I hadn't even considered such as the advancements in science and human rights that we can not seem to make while there are people who believe in God and scripture.

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  • Marcin
  • Radom, Poland
  • 07-11-17

A concise stance of an atheist against religion

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Although the booklet is aimed mostly at biblical literalism and non-liberal Christianity, a bulk of it may be applied to theism in general. In fact, one could say that all typical elements of both evangelical and liberal Christianity are addressed; and as icing on the cake even muslims are not left in politically-correct peace, being several times used to make some anti-religious point. What's more, though the essay handles theism exclusively, it may serve as a concise expression of atheistic humanism against religion as such because it pits reason, openmindedness, humanitarianism, and creativeness of science against uncritical faith, blindness, immorality, and destructiveness of dogmatism easily found in and fostered by every religion.

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  • Joe
  • Texas
  • 07-03-17

Great short book.

It is a great short book addressing some of the obvious contradictions and absurdity of religion. Touches many topics, but doesn't go into much detail, which is fine for what this book is providing.

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if I could give more stars I would.

Loved this. Voice performance was very good. Will listen to again for sure. If you are looking for well thought out and supported arguments to support your own thoughts in conversations with those on the religious right, this is your book.

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Equally emotional as rational

Harris' deep antagonizing of the religious certainly comes from an emotional place, as it bleeds through here. While he certainly presents arguments that make it difficult to believe in the certain kind of God he presents, many of them are based on a moral and emotional foundation. Many of his attack points are on minor theological issues (which, many in the Church have in error made into major issues) that don't shake the foundation of faith. It is helpful for believers in the sense of dissuading vice grip dogmas on issues that don't have much ground. I Would suggest any reader to also read Zacharias' response to this work in his "The End of Reason." If you ever read this Mr. Harris, I'm praying for some healing for your life - and hopefully one day to use your vigor for reason to show people God!

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Wonderfully Written, HORRIBLY Read

This is such a persuasive, thought provoking, and wonderfully direct little book, all but ruined by a reading so inept, it's hard to imagine it being unintentionally. When you read Letter to a Christian Nation, or when you hear Harris read from it, or speak about the topic of religious faith, it's difficult not to be impressed by the subtle humor, the emotional insight, the deft turn of phrase, and the power of well crafted argument. Yet, the reader of the book somehow manages to speak the words in a way, through tone and inflection, that they are imbued with a contemptuousness toward the very points they are making. Imagine if there had been a scene in one of the Harry Potter movies in which Snape read to the class one of Harry's assigned essays, in an effort to humiliate Harry. Can you imagine Snape's tone? Now imagine that Snape was hired to read an audiobook, and that he was told that the author, Sam Harris, was actually Harry Potter writing under a secret pseudonym. Imagine that, and you have a pretty good understanding of how the reader of Letter to a Christian Nation alters the listener's experience. Buy the paperback. Read it and share it. It's brilliant. But don't waste a credit on the audible version.