The end of faith : religion, terror, and the future of reason

Harris, Sam, 1967-

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  • Creator Sam Harris
  • Format Books
  • Publication First edition (paperback ). New York : W.W. Norton & Co., 2005.
  • Physical Details
    • 348 pages ; 21 cm
  • ISBNs 9780393327656, 0393327655
  • OCLC ocm62035805

Summary

  • A startling analysis of the clash of faith and reason in today's world, this historical tour of mankind's willingness to suspend reason in favor of religious beliefs, even when those beliefs are used to justify atrocities, asserts that in the shadow of weapons of mass destruction, we can not expect to survive our religious differences indefinitely. Most controversially, argues that moderate lip service to religion only blinds us to the real perils of fundamentalism. Harris also draws on new evidence from neuroscience and insights from philosophy to explore spirituality as a biological, brain-based need, and invokes that need in taking a secular humanistic approach to solving the problems of this world.

Notes

  • Includes new afterward.
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 303-331) and index.

Contents

  • Reason in exile -- The nature of belief -- In the shadow of God -- The problem with Islam -- West of Eden -- A science of good and evil -- Experiments in consciousness
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