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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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    Glenn 09-21-17
    Glenn 09-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Christian reader"

    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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    Anonymous 09-17-17
    09-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "This book is terrible"

    This book was poorly researched with Sam Harris selling his world view rather than facts.

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    Katie 08-03-17
    Katie 08-03-17 Member Since 2015
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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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    Marcin Radom, Poland 07-11-17
    Marcin Radom, Poland 07-11-17
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    "A concise stance of an atheist against religion"
    Any additional comments?

    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
    Joe Texas 07-03-17 Member Since 2017
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    "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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    Michael 06-15-17
    Michael 06-15-17 Member Since 2015
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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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    Michael Paver St. Paul, MN USA 06-05-17
    Michael Paver St. Paul, MN USA 06-05-17 Member Since 2014
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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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    Josh Williams 06-01-17 Member Since 2015
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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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    Carl 05-28-17
    Carl 05-28-17 Member Since 2017
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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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    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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    "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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  • Judy Corstjens
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    "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
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    "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
    11/2/16
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    "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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