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

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2004 - Political Science - 336 pages
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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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An interesting read, with interesting ideas, although I don't think they were conveyed as well as they could have been. Like Hitchens, Harris might just be a better orator than he is a writer. His ... Read full review

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User Review  - Vincent - Goodreads

What Sam Harris does brilliantly is convey his message eloquently and bluntly. His writing practically doesn't allow for you to get bored. He keeps you engaged in what he believes to be the main point ... Read full review

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Contents

Reason in Exile
11
The Nature of Belief
50
In the Shadow of God
80
The Problem with Islam
108
West of Eden
153
A Science of Good and Evil
170
Experiments in Consciousness
204
Epilogue
223
Notes
229
Bibliography
293
Acknowledgments
323
Index
325
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Sam Harris is a graduate in philosophy from Stanford University.

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