The End of Faith: Religion, Terror and the Future of Reason Paperback – 22 Nov 2005
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A genuinely frightening book.... Read Sam Harris and wake up.--Richard Dawkins
Sam Harris launches a sustained nuclear assault.... A brave, pugilistic attempt to demolish the walls that currently insulate religious people from criticism.... Badly needed.--Johann Hari
Shows how the perfect tyranny of religious and secular totalitarianism demonizes imperfect democracies such as the United States and Israel. A must read for all rational people.--Alan Dershowitz, professor of law at Harvard University and author of America on Trial
A radical attack on the most sacred of liberal precepts--the notion of tolerance.... An eminently sensible rallying cry for a more ruthless secularisation of society.--Stephanie Merritt
An analysis of the disparity between faith and logic in modern society examines the willingness to challenge religious-based belief systems throughout history.See all Product description
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It is gratifying in a way that, at last, public opinion is turning away for the mindless political correctness which has made any criticism of religious faith and religion (particularly Islam) inadmissible, and becoming conscious of the threat that Islam poses to Western civilisation, even to its very existence.
Thanks, Sam Harris. May you be more widely heard.
This book is not easy bedtime reading and goes deep into the threat that organised, or indeed any religion poses to and inhibts our civilisation. It's not likely that you'll pick this book up if you're a head-banging bible or koran thumper, you're already most probably a lost cause but if your on the cusp of questioning your own faith or would enjoy to have your atheism or secularism reinforced with stinging logic then read it. I've given this only four stars simply because in one or two areas, for me at least, he goes a bit too far into the fringes of what makes religion tick in the human psyche but there's some profound stuff in here that badly needed to be said and it's well worth delving into.
Over one hundred pages of the three hundred and thirty-seven are devoted to supportive footnotes and other references.
Harris always writes fascinating texts which make one think. Under a provocative title, he has done the same here.