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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio; Unabridged edition (16 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743567056
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743567053
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 12.8 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,182,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Reading Harris' "Letter to a Christian Nation" was like sitting ring side, cheering the champion, yelling 'Yes!' at every jab. For those of us who feel depressed by this country's ever increasing unification of church and state, and the ever decreasing support for the sciences that deliver knowledge and reduce ignorance, this little book is a welcome hit of adrenalin."
-Marc Hauser, Harvard College Professor, author of "Moral Minds: How Nature Designed Our Sense of Right and Wrong"
"I can't sign my name to this blurb. As a "New York Times "best selling author of books about business, my career will evaporate if I endorse a book that challenges the deeply held superstitions and bigotry of the masses. That's exactly why you should (no, you "must") read this angry and honest book right away. As long as science and rational thought are under attack by the misguided yet pious majority, our nation is in jeopardy. I'm scared. You should be too. Please buy two, one for you and one for a friend you care about."
-Unsigned, "New York Times" best selling author
"It's a shame that not everyone in this country will read Sam Harris' marvelous little book "Letter to a Christian Nation." They won't but they should."
-Leonard Susskind, Felix Bloch Professor in theoretical physics, Stanford University, author of "The Cosmic Landscape: String Theory and the Illusion of Intelligent Design"
"We all know about good things that have been derived from bad ideas. Modern religions serve many social goods such as health care for the poor. The problem is that is also services many reprehensible ideas. Harris blows the whistle, pointing out the religions of the world are based on humangenerated vengeful stories. Read this book and you decide your stance for the future."
-Michael S. Gazzaniga, Director of the Sage Center for the Study of Mind, University of California, Santa Barbara, author of "The Ethical Brain"
"Sam Harris fearlessly describes a moral and intellectual emergency precipitated by religious fantasies-misguided beliefs that create suffering, that rationalize violence, that have endangered our nation and our future. His argument for the morality, the honesty, and the humility of atheism is galvanizing. It is a relief that someone has spoken so frankly, with such passion yet such rationality. Now when the subject arises, as it inevitably does, I can simply say: Read Sam Harris' "Letter to a Christian Nation.""
-Janna Levin, Columbia University, author of "How the Universe Got Its Spots "and "A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines"

"Sam Harris's elegant little book is most refreshing and a wonderful source of ammunition for those who, like me, hold to no religious doctrine. Yet I have some sympathy also with those who might be worried by his uncompromising stance. Read it and from your own view, but do not ignore its message."
-Sir Roger Penrose, emeritus professor of mathematics, Oxford University,
author of "The Road to Reality"
"Reading Harris' "Letter to a Christian Nation" was like sitting ring side, cheering the champion, yelling 'Yes!' at every jab. For those of us who feel depressed by this country's ever increasing unification of church and state, and the ever decreasing support for the sciences that deliver knowledge and reduce ignorance, this little book is a welcome hit of adrenalin."
-Marc Hauser, Harvard College Professor, author of "Moral Minds: How Nature Designed Our Sense of Right and Wrong"
"I can't sign my name to this blurb. As a "New York Times "best selling author of books about business, my career will evaporate if I endorse a book that challenges the deeply held superstitions and bigotry of the masses. That's exactly why you should (no, you "must") read this angry and honest book right away. As long as science and rational thought are under attack by the misguided yet pious majority, our nation is in jeopardy. I'm scared. You should be too. Please buy two, one for you and one for a friend you care about."
-Unsigned, "New York Times" best selling author
"It's a shame that not everyone in this country will read Sam Harris' marvelous little book "Letter to a Christian Nation." They won't but they should."
-Leonard Susskind, Felix Bloch Professor in theoreticalphysics, Stanford University, author of "The Cosmic Landscape: String Theory and the Illusion of Intelligent Design"
"We all know about good things that have been derived from bad ideas. Modern religions serve many social goods such as health care for the poor. The problem is that is also services many reprehensible ideas. Harris blows the whistle, pointing out the religions of the world are based on human generated vengeful stories. Read this book and you decide your stance for the future."
-Michael S. Gazzaniga, Director of the Sage Center for the Study of Mind, University of California, Santa Barbara, author of "The Ethical Brain"
"Sam Harris fearlessly describes a moral and intellectual emergency precipitated by religious fantasies-misguided beliefs that create suffering, that rationalize violence, that have endangered our nation and our future. His argument for the morality, the honesty, and the humility of atheism is galvanizing. It is a relief that someone has spoken so frankly, with such passion yet such rationality. Now when the subject arises, as it inevitably does, I can simply say: Read Sam Harris' "Letter to a Christian Nation.""
-Janna Levin, Columbia University, author of "How the Universe Got Its Spots "and "A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines"

" A breath of fresh fire." - "Wall Street Journal"
" This combination of ruthless argument with polemic designed to provoke (he describes the Catholic Church as the " institution that has produced and sheltered an elite army of child-molesters" ) will further delight Harris' supporters and infuriate his critics." - "San Francisco Chronicle"
" Harris has consolidated his disdain for religion in a withering attack on Christianity, delivered in the form of an open letter. . . . Mr. Harris wants to grab your lapels and give you a good shake. . . . [he] makes a good case for a new and intellectually honest conversation about morality and human suffering." - "NY Observer"
" As infidels go, Harris is an astonishingly successful one. . . . "Letter" is a readable, exhortatory screed." - "Newsweek"
" Bracing." - "The Nation"
" ["Letter to a Christian Nation"] crackles with a focused, potent energy. . . . [Harris' ] arguments resonate with a satisfying common sense." - "Contra Costa Times"
" Sam Harris' s elegant little book is most refreshing and a wonderful source of ammunition for those who, like me, hold to no religious doctrine. Yet I have some sympathy also with those who might be worried by his uncompromising stance. Read it and from your own view, but do not ignore its message."
- Sir Roger Penrose, emeritus professor of mathematics, Oxford University,
author of "The Road to Reality"
" Reading Harris' "Letter to a Christian Nation" was like sitting ring side, cheering the champion, yelling' Yes!' at every jab. For those of us who feel depressed by this country' s ever increasing unification of church and state, and the ever decreasing support for the sciences that deliver knowledge and reduce ignorance, this little book is a welcome hit of adrenalin."
- Marc Hauser, Harvard College Professor, author of "Moral Minds: How Nature Designed Our Sense of Right and Wrong"
" I can' t sign my name to this blurb. As a "New York Times "best selling author of books about business, my career will evaporate if I endorse a book that challenges the deeply held superstitions and bigotry of the masses. That' s exactly why you should (no, you "must") read this angry and honest book right away. As long as science and rational thought are under attack by the misguided yet pious majority, our nation is in jeopardy. I' m scared. You should be too. Please buy two, one for you and one for a friend you care about."
- Unsigned, "New York Times" best selling author
" It' s a shame that not everyone in this country will read Sam Harris' marvelous little book "Letter to a Christian Nation." They won' t but they should."
- Leonard Susskind, Felix Bloch Professor in theoretical physics, Stanford University, author of "The Cosmic Landscape: String Theory and the Illusion of Intelligent Design"
" We all know about good things that have been derived from bad ideas. Modern religions serve many social goods such as health care for the poor. The problem is that is also services many reprehensible ideas. Harris blows the whistle, pointing out the religions of theworld are based on human generated vengeful stories. Read this book and you decide your stance for the future."
- Michael S. Gazzaniga, Director of the Sage Center for the Study of Mind, University of California, Santa Barbara, author of "The Ethical Brain"
" Sam Harris fearlessly describes a moral and intellectual emergency precipitated by religious fantasies- misguided beliefs that create suffering, that rationalize violence, that have endangered our nation and our future. His argument for the morality, the honesty, and the humility of atheism is galvanizing. It is a relief that someone has spoken so frankly, with such passion yet such rationality. Now when the subject arises, as it inevitably does, I can simply say: Read Sam Harris' "Letter to a Christian Nation." "
- Janna Levin, Columbia University, author of "How the Universe Got Its Spots "and "A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines"

"From the Hardcover edition."

"A breath of fresh fire."-"Wall Street Journal"
"This combination of ruthless argument with polemic designed to provoke (he describes the Catholic Church as the "institution that has produced and sheltered an elite army of child-molesters") will further delight Harris' supporters and infuriate his critics." - "San Francisco Chronicle"
"Harris has consolidated his disdain for religion in a withering attack on Christianity, delivered in the form of an open letter. . . . Mr. Harris wants to grab your lapels and give you a good shake. . . . [he] makes a good case for a new and intellectually honest conversation about morality and human suffering."-"NY Observer"
"As infidels go, Harris is an astonishingly successful one. . . . "Letter" is a readable, exhortatory screed."-"Newsweek"
"Bracing."-"The Nation"
"["Letter to a Christian Nation"] crackles with a focused, potent energy. . . . [Harris'] arguments resonate with a satisfying common sense."-"Contra Costa Times"
"Sam Harris's elegant little book is most refreshing and a wonderful source of ammunition for those who, like me, hold to no religious doctrine. Yet I have some sympathy also with those who might be worried by his uncompromising stance. Read it and from your own view, but do not ignore its message."
-Sir Roger Penrose, emeritus professor of mathematics, Oxford University,
author of "The Road to Reality"
"Reading Harris' "Letter to a Christian Nation" was like sitting ring side, cheering the champion, yelling 'Yes!' at every jab. For those of us who feel depressed by this country's ever increasing unification of church and state, and the ever decreasing support for the sciences that deliverknowledge and reduce ignorance, this little book is a welcome hit of adrenalin."
-Marc Hauser, Harvard College Professor, author of "Moral Minds: How Nature Designed Our Sense of Right and Wrong"
"I can't sign my name to this blurb. As a "New York Times "best selling author of books about business, my career will evaporate if I endorse a book that challenges the deeply held superstitions and bigotry of the masses. That's exactly why you should (no, you "must") read this angry and honest book right away. As long as science and rational thought are under attack by the misguided yet pious majority, our nation is in jeopardy. I'm scared. You should be too. Please buy two, one for you and one for a friend you care about."
-Unsigned, "New York Times" best selling author
"It's a shame that not everyone in this country will read Sam Harris' marvelous little book "Letter to a Christian Nation." They won't but they should."
-Leonard Susskind, Felix Bloch Professor in theoretical physics, Stanford University, author of "The Cosmic Landscape: String Theory and the Illusion of Intelligent Design"
"We all know about good things that have been derived from bad ideas. Modern religions serve many social goods such as health care for the poor. The problem is that is also services many reprehensible ideas. Harris blows the whistle, pointing out the religions of the world are based on human generated vengeful stories. Read this book and you decide your stance for the future."
-Michael S. Gazzaniga, Director of the Sage Center for the Study of Mind, University of California, Santa Barbara, author of "The Ethical Brain"
"Sam Harris fearlessly describes a moral and intellectualemergency precipitated by religious fantasies-misguided beliefs that create suffering, that rationalize violence, that have endangered our nation and our future. His argument for the morality, the honesty, and the humility of atheism is galvanizing. It is a relief that someone has spoken so frankly, with such passion yet such rationality. Now when the subject arises, as it inevitably does, I can simply say: Read Sam Harris' "Letter to a Christian Nation.""
-Janna Levin, Columbia University, author of "How the Universe Got Its Spots "and "A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines"

"From the Hardcover edition."

"A breath of fresh fire." --"Wall Street Journal"
"I dare you to read this book...it will not leave you unchanged. Read it if it is the last thing you do." --Richard Dawkins, author of "The Selfish Gene" and "The God Delusion"
"It's a shame that not everyone in this country will read Sam Harris' marvelous little book "Letter to a Christian Nation." They won't but they should." --Leonard Susskind, Felix Bloch Professor in theoretical physics, Stanford University

"A breath of fresh fire." --"Wall Street Journal""I dare you to read this book...it will not leave you unchanged. Read it if it is the last thing you do." --Richard Dawkins, author of "The Selfish Gene" and "The God Delusion""It's a shame that not everyone in this country will read Sam Harris' marvelous little book "Letter to a Christian Nation." They won't but they should." --Leonard Susskind, Felix Bloch Professor in theoretical physics, Stanford University

"A breath of fresh fire." "Wall Street Journal" I dare you to read this book...it will not leave you unchanged. Read it if it is the last thing you do. Richard Dawkins, author of "The Selfish Gene" and "The God Delusion" It s a shame that not everyone in this country will read Sam Harris marvelous little book "Letter to a Christian Nation." They won t but they should. Leonard Susskind, Felix Bloch Professor in theoretical physics, Stanford University" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A hard-hitting polemic against religious fundamentalism - Foreword by Richard Dawkins --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Hardcover
It is sometimes said that the pen is the sharpest of weapons when used correctly. In no book I have read has this been more true. This book is a mere 90 very small pages, even slow readers will make it through in a couple of hours, and the arguments are completely devastating all the way through, I was an out-an-out atheist before reading it, and I've always been so, but this book makes the points so well that I almost felt sorry for any true believers reading it, they must be crying when they finish this, but if so, it should be tears of joy and understanding.

Challenge every believer you know to read this book.
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Letter to a Christian Nation - Review

Paul Gibbons

Reading Harris' latest contribution leaves me in a difficult state. Harris follows through with his attack on religion started in The End of Faith. He ridicules belief in the supernatural, and reviews some well travelled territory such as `the argument from evil'. In doing this he advances some interesting thought-experiments: if Salamanders can re-grow lost limbs, why wouldn't God, just once, allow an injured child to do so?

However, supernatural beliefs, on their own, do little harm. Most people have little superstitious oddities: my friend who must sit in the same seat playing Bridge, people who spend good money on homeopathy, not having important meetings on Friday the 13th. Harris' real beef is where such beliefs promote social ills and violence.

He lays quite a lot of misery at the door of religion, most of it on target, some of it overstated. When travelling in the Caribbean, I enquired why AIDS was such a difficult issue on the small island of St Lucia - surely it must be easy to contain within a tiny population? No, the island is very Catholic and many of the hospitals and educational institutions are under the sway of that ideology - no condoms for them. Clearly this causes much suffering and death, and the Church's position in Africa is implicated in the four million deaths per year on that continent. The Church not only advocates this, but defends it in the face of criticism. I hold those cardinals personally responsible for the policies that exacerbate this suffering. Harris' ninety-some pages are replete with this and many stronger examples.

I found myself agreeing with almost every word he writes.
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This book is really suited to someone who wants to get the key arguments against Christianity without having to spend a long time reading something like 'The God Delusion' or 'The End of Faith'. It's very short and could be read in a day or even in a single reading.

Most head-in-the-sand Christians won't read anything that would challenge their faith but I would hope that a simple, short book like this would make that simple task more feasable. By reading this book, a Christians would certainly have some questions and be forced into a bit of thinking. But if their faith is genuine, honest and real why fear this?
Surely they'd come out the other side with a deeper, stronger faith.

I'd certainly applaud Harris for going out of his way for making it as easy as possible for a Christian to challenge their beliefs - a crucial part of any objective thinking.

Harris makes some excellent points. Among them:

1. Four of the most revered Theologians Augustine, Aquainus, Calvin and Luther were mad men who advocated torture and all sorts of hardship.
Does this mean that the Joe average Christian, who one would assume would abhor such perniciousness, can understand scripture better than the most influential thinkers in the history of Christianity?

2. Objections to stem cell research from hardline Christians is preventing research into the most promising science that offers hope to so many cruel and life debilitating ailments.

3. The problem of evil - how could a loving God preside over such a cruel world. Theodicy cannot answer this.

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Having been raised a Catholic, I have been trying to rid myself of the "Christian fairy story" once and for all for many years...and this book has helped immensely. Harris' arguments were insightful, straightforward and logical, and the comparison with Islam made me feel that he doesn't just have it in for Christians or something similar. It's a book written with a genuine desire to put the truth across, and if I was still a Christian, I'd certainly rethink my position on god and Jesus based on this book. Having read this and Dawkins' "The God Delusion", I'd say I'm now an atheist (beforehand I sat on the "agnostic" fence). Buy the book, you won't be disappointed .
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Sam Harris says what a lot of us have been thinking, but have been afraid to say in public. In this concise book, Harris directly attacks the very foundation of religious faith.

One might expect such a book to be either mean-spirited or intentionally provacative. Christian Nation is neither, although some will exerience it that way. Harris sticks to the facts. He does not believe that religious faith, including but certainly not limited to Christianity, is good for people.

Harris is concerned with reducing human suffering and increasing human happiness. He agrees that many of the things that Jesus about love and kindness are indeed valuable and wise. He points out, however, that the bible contains much, much more than love and kindness. It contains cruelty, such as slavery, and pointless rules, such as the ban on graven images.

In the end, Harris argues, religious faith, or any belief that is not based on evidence and reason, does not make sense and will ultimately lead to unnecessary suffering.

No doubt, many good and loving people would be offended or hurt if they read this book. But that simply proves Harris' point. These people have been so blinded by faith that they cannot even consider the possibility they have been led astray. Hopefully, a good number of religious people will muster the courage to read the book anyway.
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