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

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

bySam Harris

Kobo ebook | September 17, 2005

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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.

Title:The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of ReasonFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:September 17, 2005Publisher:W. W. Norton & CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780393066722


Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read! What a brilliant, razor-sharp mind! I admire his unflinching commitment to logic and reason, following every argument to its clear, unmissable conclusion. Sam Harris also uses both humour and shock masterfully. Here's a man who's not afraid to say things that most people would not dare to even think. We need more people like him. It is imperative that we bring these discussions from the fringe of 'preaching to the choir' and into the mainstream. We ignore the decline of Reason to our peril. Our civilization, with its current level of technological and military advancement, cannot afford another episode of The Dark Ages. We simply will not survive it.
Date published: 2018-12-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh This book is divided into two parts: In the first, Harris talks about what he claims doesn't work - religion. This is where he plays the dutiful New Atheist, picking at flaws and demanding evidence. In the second part, he proposes an alternative, which is largely centred on meditation. Here, he loses all pretence of skepticism, talking about psychic phenomena that have been "ignored by mainstream science" and suchlike. The book is a bit dated, and not particularly rigorous.
Date published: 2018-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must-read If you've ever doubted your faith or questioned the faith of others, this book will knock you off the fence and into the firm territory of logic, reason, and rationality. A strong blow against the forces of dogma and ignorance.
Date published: 2017-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enlighten yourself. If you have ever needed something to shake the oppressive cobwebs of religion from your brain, Sam is your man.
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Good Summary of Atheistic Though While I disagree with Sam on some points, as atheism has no guidelines or tenants, I found this book to be a good introduction for any person to how some atheists view religion. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A flawed but well-written and thought provoking book While dated, I feel Sam Harris's book has a lot of value. It is a screed by a strident atheist and contains many interesting observations on religion and it's role in society--especially the evil done in it's name. The chapters In The Shadow of God, the Problem with Islam, and West of Eden, alone make the book worth reading. The other chapters however, do have some defects. Namely I felt a lot of the talk about conciseness and spiritual experience was a lot of mumbo jumbo. However, the author's sharp tongue and for its time vast research, and the book worth looking at
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sam If only more people read it.
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Beginning of the End Sam Harris is probably my favourite person in Atheist culture and this book is where he really applies his knowledge on the subject. If you are person of faith, I suggest you read this. I'm sure you will be offended, but this is a great representation of your opposition's view.
Date published: 2013-03-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad A good read and particularly interesting for those who have a general interest on the subject. Although Harris does a good job of presenting and supporting his arguments, his arguments also tend to be overwhelmingly subjective.
Date published: 2008-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sam Harris is my Jebus Ah, Atheism. We finally have a voice!! I loved this book. It said everything that I've been thinking for the past 32 yrs of my life. Atheists will love it, the god fearing will probably want to burn it...but EVERYONE should read it. Who knows, maybe it'll even convert a few 'believers'...but if not it'll at least make them think. Now I want to read Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion. I hear he's even more hard core than Harris is.
Date published: 2008-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simple, Profound, and Challenging I give the first half of this book an A+. Like my title suggests the End of Faith is simple, profound, and challenging. Sam Harris discusses the things that most people think but do not discuss. His ocassonal bursts of arrogance are appropriate where other academics speaking on this subject might not be. This book has challenged my Christian faith and has forced me to take another look at my beliefs. Unfortunately, this book is a test of faith that many people will avoid.
Date published: 2007-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Why should we have to respect nonsense? When someone claims something preposterous, unsupported by fact, out of wishful thinking and/or ignorance, we don't have to respect those claims. There is no reason religious faith should be an exception, argues the author. Faith is not worthy of respect in a conversation. More importantly, Sam Harris makes the point that if we bend over backwards not to offend religious moderates, and the latter do the same not to offend religious fundamentalists (as you've noticed they inevitably do!), we're just freeing the way for the cancerous growth of fundamentalism, with the associated suicide-bombings and other fun stuff. This is an excellent book making the point that faith is positively harmful and could well spell the end of our world (think a bit about nuclear weapons in the hands of religious fanatics). The only part that left me quizzed is the chapter about mysticism and meditation: Sam Harris may be onto something, but I really am at a loss figuring out what he's talking about. Apart from that, the style of the author is crystal clear, brief, concise, admirably articulate. Make sure you check out Sam Harris's web site: it has very interesting print, audio, and video material. And buy the book, and promote the cause!
Date published: 2007-01-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing This book contains no new information. It is a long lithany of complaints against religion. The author reduces religious contents of Judaism, Christianity and Islam to few fragments that are taken out of spiritual and historical content. to fit his preconceived conclusions. This book shows no respect for people of faith and is likely to be a stumbling block on the way to dialogue and better understanding between people. This writing proves the point that education and wisdom may not be the attributes of the same scholar.
Date published: 2006-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Excellent Sermon to the Choir An excellent book of reason -- clear, cogent and concise. I suspect, however, that for the most part Harris is -- unfortunately -- preaching to the choir. Nevertheless, even if you are singing in Harris' choir, The End of Faith will help you with the quality of your voice. And if you are not in Harris' choir, and you are tossing around whether or not to read The End of Faith -- I urge you to read it! And be delighted and/or surprised...
Date published: 2006-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring This book is the first of its kind. One that encourages the open criticism of religion and its dogmas in our social discourse. Sam Harris succeeds brilliantly in rallying the non-believers to rise up and abandon political correctness in the face of absurd assertions. Sam exposes us all to the perils of turning the other cheek to the encroachment of religion on our social and political debates and encourages secularist's and religious moderates alike to demand reason and accountability in governmental decision making. A definite must read for anyone whose ever bitten their tongue for fear of offending someone's first century ideology.
Date published: 2006-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the emperor has no clothes At last someone has the brains and the courage to say that there is no god, and that religion is not only nonsense, but extremely dangerous, and is tearing the world apart. I wish George W.Bush would read this brilliantly logical arguement, that only by putting away childish notions of a god can there be real peace in the world. A great read.
Date published: 2005-11-20