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

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

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An impassioned plea for reason in a world divided by faith.


This important and timely book delivers a startling analysis of the clash of faith and reason in today's world. Harris offers a vivid historical tour of mankind's willingness to suspend reason in favor of religious beliefs, even when those beliefs are used to justify harmful behavior and sometimes heinous crimes. He asserts that in the shadow of weapons of mass destruction, we can no longer tolerate views that pit one true god against another. Most controversially, he argues that we cannot afford moderate lip service to religion—an accommodation that only blinds us to the real perils of fundamentalism. While warning against the encroachment of organized religion into world politics, Harris also draws on new evidence from neuroscience and insights from philosophy to explore spirituality as a biological, brain-based need. He calls on us to invoke that need in taking a secular humanistic approach to solving the problems of this world.
Sam Harris is a graduate in philosophy from Stanford University.
Product Details ISBN: 9780393035155
ISBN-10: 0393035158
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: August 17th, 2004
Pages: 338
Language: English