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A stunningly argued book which puts religion in its place as the greatest, most irrational divider of mankind.,
This review is from: The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason (Paperback)
End of Faith is one of the most important books of the decade. Read this book and start thinking. And please don't stop thinking, otherwise you'll miss the point of it. For this is a book to inspire thought about how the world has come to have so many problems, so many of which are directly or indirectly attributable to religion. Even some laws which make no rational sense are in existence because of a moral tradition which is directly attributable to religious belief. Belief, in other words, which is not based on any scientific proof.
I must echo what another said, as it is totally right to say:
If you have an open, intelligent and enquiring mind - Read it.
If you want a better understanding of why the world is in such a mess - Read it
If you are interested in ethics, moral identity and politics - Read it.
If you are intrigued by the nature of belief - Read it
Harris makes a most brilliant and compelling treatise on why religion is so disturbingly destructive in so many ways; and is all the more so when it is followed with blind allegiance. He also demonstrates with the most logical fluidity and rational reasoning how its effects affect all of us - whether we are religious or not. And he develops, most compellingly, the argument that this is wrong. In short, read this book and wake up! And please give this book to others who are influential in this world, as this book is far too important to ignore. An unquestionable must read, which has divided many people and accordingly does not have the mark of greatness here on Amazon that is so thoroughly deserves.
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Initial post: 1 Jun 2009 18:03:07 BDT
In reply to an earlier post on 3 Oct 2009 01:30:42 BDT
Mr. T. White says:
Please look at all my reviews people and just gaze in amazement at just how many times "Norinn_Radd" (who also cameos occasionally as "savvyinvestor") has thumbed down and left negative comments on so many of them! Someone clearly has a problem... Well Norrinn, a negative comment from you, isn't that a surprise... (yawn)
In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jan 2010 22:44:27 GMT
Last edited by the author on 5 Jan 2010 22:50:42 GMT
P. J. Breach says:
Please, Norrin_Radd, do expand upon your assertion that the book is full of illogical theories.
I've just finished reading it, & I must say that I found no discernible trace of poor construction & illogicality.
Perhaps it's a bit too logical Norrin_Radd, & that's what given you the pip.
But anyway, please do expand.
Thanks in advance.
Posted on 1 Jul 2012 12:37:52 BDT
Last edited by the author on 1 Jul 2012 15:01:19 BDT
Mr. T. White says:
I want to add these important words to my review: that no matter how you feel about religion's divisiveness, one thing is certain. You and I simply must live our lives so that we help other people to have a better life. That is the most important message that any religion must deliver, no matter how much irrationality such a message may appear to be wrapped in. It still remains true that a moral life can be lived, insofar as you can and should reach the end of your life and know that there are more people whose lives have been enriched or helped as a result of your existence than not. A life is incomplete until that knowledge is known to you. For there are also (albeit a minority of) people who cower behind religion and who continue do immoral things in its name. It is these people who also don't help the cause of religion - no matter how irrational much of it is otherwise.
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