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The End of Faith

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Sam Harris

Narrated By: Brian Emerson

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: December 2007

Duration: 9 hours 19 minutes

Summary:

In The End of Fatih, 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 of human atrocities. Harris argues that in the presence of weapons of mass destruction we cannot expect to survive our religious difference indefinitely. Most controversially, he argues that "moderation" in religion poses considerable dangers of its own, as the accommodation we have made to religious faith in our society now blinds us to the role that faith plays in perpetuation human conflict. 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.

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  • Joseph Noonan

    This book is less than objective. It beats the old drum that wars are caused by religion. While Fundamentalist Islam dominates several aggressive countries in our day, the history of serious wars and conflict simply does not justify this claim and never has. In the last two centuries (1800-2000) the most horrendous wars in human history took place, while millions were slaughtered by Communists in the Soviet Union, China and the Pacific rim. NOT ONE of these wars or murderous aggressions against innocent citizens were caused by Religion. Korea? Vietnam? WWI? WWII? Spanish Revolution? Sino-Japanese (I & II)? Communism? Nazi Germany? And don't forget the bloodiest war in American history: our Civil War. NONE were caused by Religion. Any weak kneed argument to paint these wars as being caused by religion is laughable and evidence of extremely poor scholarship. Do not envelope Fundamentalist Islam with the rest of Islam or with the rest of other major or minor religions. Spend your time elsewhere, this book offers little that will help you make a good argument for or against faith or religion. Using some of his arguments in conversation with someone who has studied and is knowledgeable about religion history and theology will cause you embarrassment and unnecessary frustration.