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

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

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By (author) Sam Harris

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  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 208mm x 23mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 22 November 2005
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0393327655
  • ISBN 13: 9780393327656
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 52,656

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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.

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Sam Harris is a graduate in philosophy from Stanford University.

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"A genuinely frightening book... Read Sam Harris and wake up." -- Richard Dawkins "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 "This book will strike a chord with anyone who has ever pondered the irrationality of religious faith... Even Mr. Harris's critics will have to concede the force of an analysis which roams so far and wide, from the persecution of the Cathars to the composition of George Bush's cabinet." "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 "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 "[Harris's] brief accounts of intuition, and of the notion of a 'moral community,' are as good as anything I have read on these topics." -- John Derbyshire