The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason

The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason Author Sam Harris
ISBN-10 0393327655
ISBN-13 9780393327656
Year 2005-09-17
Pages 256
Language English
Publisher W. W. Norton
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Natalie Angier wrote in The New York Times The End of Faith articulates the dangers and absurdities of organized religion so fiercely and so fearlessly that I felt relieved as I read it vindicated Harris writes what a sizable number of us think but few are willing to say This important and timely book delivers a startling analysis of the clash of faith and reason in today s world Harris offers a vivid historical tour of mankind s willingness to suspend reason in favor of religious beliefs even when those beliefs are used to justify harmful behavior and sometimes heinous crimes He asserts that in the shadow of weapons of mass destruction we can no longer tolerate views that pit one true god against another Most controversially he argues that we cannot afford moderate lip service to religion an accommodation that only blinds us to the real perils of fundamentalism While warning against the encroachment of organized religion into world politics Harris also draws on new evidence from neuroscience and insights from philosophy to explore spirituality as a biological brain based need He calls on us to invoke that need in taking a secular humanistic approach to solving the problems of this world

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