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Letter To A Christian Nation
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on 6 June 2017
This essential reading for school age kids. brilliant.
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on 8 May 2017
A concise antidote to the liberal ideal of acceptance and tolerance of deluded ideologies. I hope one day it will be on the national curriculum.
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on 15 August 2017
Letter to a Christian Nation is a good and thought provoking introduction to the main arguments in favour of atheism. It is worth reading for any agnostic, atheist or for any theist wishing to consider alternative points of view. It is a short overview so anybody wishing to see more flesh on the bones should read the God Delusion by Richard Dawkins too.
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on 7 September 2008
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.

4. The number of world conflicts emanating from regions with disparate religious groups:
- Palestine (Jews V Muslims)
- Balkans (Orthodox Serbians V Catholic Croatians V Bosian Muslims)
- Northern Ireland (Protestants V Catholics)
- Kashmir (Muslim V Hindus)
- Sudan (Muslims V Christians and animists)
- Nigeria (Muslims V Christians)
- Ethiopia (Muslims V Christians)
- Ivory Coast (Muslims V Christians)
- Sri Lanka (Sinhalese Buddhists V Tamil Hindus)
- Philippines (Muslims V Christians)
- Iran and Iraq (Shiite V Sunni Muslims)
- Caucasus (Orthodox Russians V Chechen Muslins, Muslims Azerbaijanis V Catholic and Orthodix Armenians).

It can't all be a coincidence. Surely there's something dangerous about religion that any rational person should be able to observe.

Is the Bible a fail safe guide to morality? It certainly has some extremely disturbing passages such as stoning your bride to death if she is not a virgin.

Is Christianity the number one religion for love and compassion? Even a cursory examination of Jainism would show that not to be the case.

But why are so many Christians adamant they have the moral highground, the truth and pretty much everything you need unless you are one of them?

It really is a great little book.
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on 11 March 2017
So elegantly writtern. This book is riveting.
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on 30 March 2017
Great read...Really opens one mind to think differently. A long way to go after many years of brainwashing. More please.
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on 25 November 2016
A must read for anyone who is even remotely concerned about the current state the world as seen through the lens of organized religion.
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on 19 June 2008
Speaking as a former Christian (and now an ardent secularist), I can say without hesitation that this book should be read by EVERY person who considers themself to be a Christian.

I have bought more copies of this book than any other as I regularly give copies to friends and family members, as I am that confident that their lives would be bettered by considering the issues it raises.

A copy of this book should reside in every hotel room across the Western world.
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on 6 January 2008
For me, Sam Harris' direct writing style in addressing a specific `type' of Christian throughout the book helped make his arguments more real and more urgent. It helped to hit home the point that what was being discussed wasn't just an argument against loosely held theories but instead a powerful criticism of strongly held beliefs across modern day America. Both the brevity of the book together with the style make it a considerably easier read than the God Delusion whilst hitting on a great number of similar themes. Harris' criticisms are well developed and easy to follow whilst the numerous passages he cites from scriptures just add to the weight of his arguments. An existing Atheist will find little to disagree with here (and will probably enjoy the validation that the read provides) and the `undecideds' amongst us will certainly be given a whole lot to think about at the very least. As for the `believers' (I can't think of a better word) out there, be prepared for the book to attack the very core of your beliefs from the outset and it doesn't let up from there. A great read!
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on 25 November 2006
The basic premise of the book is that there are many contradictions with Christianity especially with how it is practiced in the United States. The assertion is that nothing has to be "believed" on insufficient evidence. This book is a great source for a logical retort to many religious claims. Read this book and pass it along to your friends. It is worth it.
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