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

The End of Faith

Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason

Paperback Published: 6th February 2006
ISBN: 9780743268097
Number Of Pages: 336

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This important and timely book delivers a startling analysis of the clash of faith and reason in today's world. Sam Harris offers a vivid historical tour of mankind's willingness to suspend reason in favour of religious beliefs, even when those beliefs are used to justify harmful behaviour 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 organised 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.

About the Author

Sam Harris is a graduate in philosophy from Stanford University. He has studied both Eastern and Western religious traditions, along with a variety of spiritual disciplines, for twenty years. The End of Faith is his first book.

Industry Reviews

"While one might dispute some of the claims and arguments presented by Harris, the need for a wakeup call to religious liberals is right on the mark."

honest and insightful

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thought provoking and insightful,lays facts out on the table,that some may find offensive

Brisbane

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A case for reason

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A case against faith and one for reason. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and a big fan of Sam Harris. I would recommend it to anyone who is seeking a better world in which rational and logical thought is preferred over faith. It brings to light some reminders of the dangers of religion and what is possibly our ownly saviour - reason.

Peakhurst, NSW

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ISBN: 9780743268097
ISBN-10: 0743268091
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 6th February 2006
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.0  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.24
Edition Number: 1

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