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


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altruistpartners, March 21, 2013 (view all comments by altruistpartners)
Sam Harris is brilliant. He is only for the brave and stout.

Those who hold dear to comforting illusions will be horrified. The constitutionally less than robust will be made anxious. Provincial thinkers will be immediately offended.

On top of this, his prose style is smashing. Just as tight and forceful as anything written before him.

This is a hugely under-rated, under-recognized book, precisely because it smashes the illusions held by the majority. A heroic effort to educate humanity.
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John Swanson, August 12, 2011 (view all comments by John Swanson)
Cognitive dissonance...........
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John Swanson, August 12, 2011 (view all comments by John Swanson)
Naive, illogical and arrogant. The author's true colors and political agenda are blatantly evident readingpages 138-152. "Where ethics are concerned, intentions are everything
"(Pg. 147). If that is true, how can the author possibly justify GWB's invasion of Iraq or any of the actions enumerated on the previous page? Answer: cultural prejudice and ideological arrogance. "Without faith, most Muslim grievances against the West would be impossible even to formulate, much less avenge."(pg. 138)". Are you kidding me?? If you want a taste of cognitive dysonance, give this one a read. If you get enough of that watching the news each night, skip this book and go read a good mystery.
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Fouad Boussetta, from Montreal, November 27, 2006 (view all comments by Fouad Boussetta, from Montreal)
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 it has very interesting print, audio, and video material.

And buy the book; and promote the cause!
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Harris, Sam
W. W. Norton & Company
Comparative Religion
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International Relations - General
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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this sometimes simplistic and misguided book, Harris calls for the end of religious faith in the modern world. Not only does such faith lack a rational base, he argues, but even the urge for religious toleration allows a too-easy acceptance of the motives of religious fundamentalists. Religious faith, according to Harris, requires its adherents to cling irrationally to mythic stories of ideal paradisiacal worlds (heaven and hell) that provide alternatives to their own everyday worlds. Moreover, innumerable acts of violence, he argues, can be attributed to a religious faith that clings uncritically to one set of dogmas or another. Very simply, religion is a form of terrorism for Harris. Predictably, he argues that a rational and scientific view — one that relies on the power of empirical evidence to support knowledge and understanding — should replace religious faith. We no longer need gods to make laws for us when we can sensibly make them for ourselves. But Harris overstates his case by misunderstanding religious faith, as when he makes the audaciously naïve statement that 'mysticism is a rational enterprise; religion is not.' As William James ably demonstrated, mysticism is far from a rational enterprise, while religion might often require rationality in order to function properly. On balance, Harris's book generalizes so much about both religion and reason that it is ineffectual. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[I]t is rare in this postmodern age to read a book by someone so vigorously defending rational thought, especially from a unique neuroscientific perspective. Recommended."
"Review" by , "[A] courageous analysis whose theses will deeply trouble readers who choose to think about them rather than summarily reject them....Provocative is too pale a word."
"Review" by , "Harris is obviously tickled by his own intelligence — and he writes with such verve and frequent insight that even skeptical readers will find it hard to put down. Besides, we might all check our belief systems for deadwood. Because it touches a nerve, The End of Faith is a good place to begin."
"Review" by , "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, almost personally understood....This is an important book, on a topic that, for all its inherent difficulty and divisiveness, should not be shielded from the crucible of human reason."
"Review" by , "Read Sam Harris and wake up."
"Review" by , "This book will strike a chord with anyone who has ever pondered the irrationality of religious faith..."
"Review" by , "Do we need another book on the conflict between reason and faith? Yes, if it is as well-written as Sam Harris's The End of Faith."
"Synopsis" by , " 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."--Natalie Angier,
"Synopsis" by , In ?, Sam Harris delivers a startling analysis of the clash between reason and religion in the modern world. He offers a vivid, historical tour of our willingness to suspend reason in favor of religious beliefs--even when these beliefs inspire the worst human atrocities. While warning against the encroachment of organized religion into world politics, Harris draws on insights from neuroscience, philosophy, and Eastern mysticism to deliver a call for a truly modern foundation for ethics and spirituality that is both secular and humanistic. Winner of the 2005 PEN/Martha Albrand Award for Nonfiction.
"Synopsis" by , 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.
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