End of Faith: Religion Terror And The Future Of Reason

Category: Book
By (author): Harris, Sam
Subject:  POLITICAL SCIENCE / General
  RELIGION / General
  RELIGION / Psychology of Religion
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology of Religion
Publisher: WW Norton
Published: September 2005
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 8.23in x 5.49in x 0.75in
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From The Publisher*In ?The End of Faith?, Sam Harris delivers a startling analysis of the clash between reason and religion in the modern world. He offers a vivid, historical tour of our willingness to suspend reason in favor of religious beliefs-even when these beliefs inspire the worst human atrocities. While warning against the encroachment of organized religion into world politics, Harris draws on insights from neuroscience, philosophy, and Eastern mysticism to deliver a call for a truly modern foundation for ethics and spirituality that is both secular and humanistic. Winner of the 2005 PEN/Martha Albrand Award for Nonfiction.
From The Publisher*Harris offers a vivid historical tour of humanity's willingness to suspend reason in favor of religious beliefs, even when those beliefs are used to justify heinous crimes. In an age of weapons of mass destruction, he asserts, we can no longer afford to pit one true god against another. Drawing on new evidence from neuroscience and insights from philosophy, he explores spirituality as a biological, brain-based need that can play a role in a secular, humanistic approach to the world's problems. Now in paper.
Review Quote*A genuinely frightening book.... Read Sam Harris and wake up. - Richard Dawkins (The Guardian)

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 (The Independent)

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 (The Observer)

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
Biographical NoteSam Harris is a graduate in philosophy from Stanford University.