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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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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.

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Worthwhile read

This is probably the single most simultaneously concise and exhaustive source of argument against religion in the modern world. Harris' systematic approach to addressing argument after opposing argument makes this both convincing and a pleasure of which to listen.

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Help America!

I wish we could sit every American down and read this book to them! It is embarrassing how far behind we are falling behind in education compared to the rest of the civilized world due to religion.

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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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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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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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Some Authors Should Read Their Work, Others Should Not

This book is a case of the former and not the latter. It's difficult to explain why some authors should read their own works and others should not. But certainly one would think that the author's listening to the production, length of the book, communication style (authors vs author/speakers, etc) would play a role.

Sam Harris needed to read this book-- the same can be said for all of his books. But the genius of Sam Harris trumps the performance and it is a highly recommended listen.

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Wow

loved it. short and to the point. thanks sam harris, you opened my eyes even more.

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Riveting! A must read!

Harris is right - it's strange we need a label for not believing in a Christian god. Aetheist sounds so weird! When all we are doing is being "normal." Which means "who the f- knows"??? But let's look at the facts! Whereas the zealots and even not the zealots are throwing us into their fantasy realm that is now impinging on everyone's rights.

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An excellent read.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Nothing like getting to the point.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Letter to a Christian Nation?

All of it.

What about Jordan Bridges’s performance did you like?

Excellent reader, would like to see the book read by Sam Harris himself.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Letter to a Christian Nation

Any additional comments?

Would love to see more like this by Sam