The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason

The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason

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...

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Title:The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason
Author:Sam Harris
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ISBN:0393327655
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:348 pages

The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason Reviews

  • Pete
    Apr 15, 2007
    There are several currents running through The End of Faith, many of which I agree with enthusiastically, some of which I regard with caution, and one or two that I find so strange as to wonder whether Harris wrote the last few chapters while in too.. contemplative a state, as he might say.First, so...
  • Rob
    Jun 06, 2007
    A greater mystery than human nature and its irrepressible theological imagination is how this book managed to impress so many people. After much consideration, I can only conclude its popularity (along with Daniel Dennett's Breaking the Spell, Richard Dawkin's The God Delusion, and Christopher Hitch...
  • Matthew
    Jun 30, 2007
    So near the mark, but just off of center. This book makes many laudable points, not the least of which is the critique that allowing faith/religion into the political sphere on equal footing with science and reason will doom us all. My primary complaint with this work, and the reason I knocked off a...
  • C.
    Aug 01, 2007
    I was excited to read this book after seeing Sam Harris on the Colbert Report. It seemed like the Atheist argument that I had really been waiting for, and that finally I was going to find something that I wholeheartedly could get behind, without reservation.Well, if I could give this book negative f...
  • Folboteur
    Mar 05, 2008
    I rate this a five in spite of some legitimate reservations, too well expressed by too many people to bear repeating here. The things I liked: 1. Brilliant writing style. Incisive, funny, powerful. (His followup to this book, a 94 page tract called "Letter to a Christian Nation" displays this skill ...
  • Paul
    Jan 04, 2009
    Another yawner from the "New" atheists. This is another book by a pretentious atheist who just can't believe that there are still theists. "Arrrgh! Don't you know we've beaten you theists fair and square. It is just obvious that theism is false. If you won't give up your theistic beliefs by our obvi...
  • Jimmy
    Feb 13, 2009
    While religious belief is an incredibly complex subject with ages of history behind it, the motivation for such belief can be roughly summarized as a preoccupation with, and fear of, what happens to us when we, as mortal human beings, die. Let's face it, it is a frightening and dreary concept; to th...
  • Greg
    Oct 07, 2009
    What follows is not a review. It's more like some notes and thoughts I had while reading the book... a review will soon be written....This is from DFW's 2005 Kenyon Commencement Speech:"Here's another didactic little story. There are these two guys sitting together in a bar in the remote Alaskan wil...
  • Nebuchadnezzar
    Mar 15, 2012
    Harris can pen a clever turn of phrase. Unfortunately, that's most of what he has going for him. The old standby "What's good isn't new and what's new isn't good" very much applies here.It's funny how much Harris and I agree on the fundamental issues -- we are both atheists and we both believe that ...
  • Emma Sea
    Jun 20, 2016
    I absolutely reject Harris's key argument that Islam is essentially and inescapably a religion of violence and hate. That's like defining Christianity by the actions of the KKK. Given that, it's hard for me to do anything other than dislike the book, but I was equally disappointed in it for other re...