Synopses & Reviews
The New York Times
bestselling author speaks out against those who attack religion to advance their own agenda: global capitalism, intolerance, and imperial projects.
There are two radical and dangerous sides to the debate on faith and religion in America: Christian fundamentalists, who see religious faith as their exclusive prerogative, and New Atheists, who brand all religious belief as irrational. Too often, the religious majoritythose committed to tolerance and compassion as well as their faithare caught in the middle.
Chris Hedges critiques the mindset that rages against religion and faith. He accuses the New Atheistsled by Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and Christopher Hitchensof promoting a belief system that is not, as they claim, based on reason and science, but on a simplified worldview of us vs. them, intolerance toward behaviors that are not understood, and the false myths of human progress and moral superiority. Ultimately, he makes way for new, moderate voices to join the debate. A timely, compelling work for anyone who wants to understand the true state of the battle about faith today.
"Chris Hedges reminds us that the point of religion is not to make us disdain those who think differently but rather to help us become decent, responsive, and moral human beings." - 0, The Oprah Magazine
About the Author
CHRIS HEDGES is The New York Times bestselling author of American Fascists and War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning. He was a member of the team that won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for The New York Times coverage of global terrorism. Hedges graduated from seminary at Harvard Divinity School and is a Senior Fellow at The Nation Institute. He lives in New Jersey.