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The End of Faith 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, some easy floating down the river Where does your support for the following graded series fall off 1 Religious scriptures shouldn t be taken literally 2 No one knows if there s a god or not 3 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, some easy floati 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 religion can and has done great harm yet I found little of value in this work of atheist apologetics History, politics, and culture are grossly distorted in service of Harris arguments I m going to be brief The End of Faith by Sam Harris is a landmark book for me It blew my mind when I first read it Now, it doesn t feel as good as the short and sharp Letter To A Christian Nation, and has less great moments than the slow starting and uneven The Moral Landscape The End Of Faith opened my eyes to reviews and reviewing possibilities It gave me an insight into writing quickly, with as much original thought and fluidity of prose as I am able to muster It influenced my writing I m going to be brief The End of Faith by Sam Harris is a landmark book for me It blew my mind when I first read it Now, it doesn t feel as good as the short and sharp Letter To A Christian Nation, and has less great moments than the slow starting and uneven The Moral Landscape The End Of Faith opened my eyes to reviews and reviewing possibilities It gave me an insight into writing quickly, with as much original thought and fluidity of prose as I am able to muster It influenced my writing most of all books and for that I m glad I couldn t, however read the parts about meditation and Sam Harris s take on mysticism is too contemporary and he doesn t look at the subject through history I think whatever the imagined or concrete benefits of meditation are, they take up a lot of time, and should only be attempted by people who really need them I also didn t get the bits about relativism and 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 to even better advantage 2 Sam s recommended actions for the reader Religion generally gets a free pass to make unsubstantiated truth claims Stop allowing that Start questioning, and pushing back 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 to even better advantage 2 Sam s recommended actions for the reader Religion generally gets a free pass to make unsubstantiated truth claims Stop allowing that Start questioning, and pushing back publicly.3 Who SAYS Faith is a virtue Again, an unsubstantiated assertion that deserves some pushback 4 Analogies I love that Harris comes up with some new thinking in the atheist arena Too many authors are t 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 obviously superior rational arguments, then I ll shame you in to giving them up Ho hum.Harris trots out the usual dusty canards of the New Atheists religion is evil, it s the cause of all the wars, it s 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 obviously superior rational arguments, then I ll shame you in to giving them up Ho hum.Harris trots out the usual dusty canards of the New Atheists religion is evil, it s the cause of all the wars, it s gonna destroy mankind, etc.Of course none of this is ever based on any serious scientific research, odd for the priests of Science Go read the detailed anthr 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 couple stars, is due to Mr Harris s illogical and inconsistent privileging of America and fundamentalist Christianity over theviolent Islam.For example, he argues that we can rest assured th 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 scie 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 reasons e.g compared to religion, Mysticism is a rational enterprise based on empirical evidence p 221 Um, really Very disappointed in this read ETA As many people have pointed out, this c 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 reasons e.g compared to religion, Mysticism is a rational enterprise based on empirical evidence p 221 Um, really Very disappointed in this read ETA As many people have pointed out, this com What follows is not a review It slike some notes and thoughts I had while reading the book a review will soon be written.This is from DFW s 2005 Kenyon Commencement SpeechHere s another didactic little story There are these two guys sitting together in a bar in the remote Alaskan wilderness One of the guys is religious, the other is an atheist, and the two are arguing about the existence of God with that special intensity that comes after about the fourth beer And the atheist s What follows is not a review It slike some notes and thoughts I had while reading the book a review will soon be written.This is from DFW s 2005 Kenyon Commencement SpeechHere s another didactic little story There are these two guys sitting together in a bar in the remote Alaskan wilderness One of the guys is religious, the other is an atheist, and the two are arguing about the existence of God with that special intensity that comes after about the fourth beer And the atheist says Look, it s not like I don t have actual reasons for not believing in God It s not like I haven t ever experimented with the whole God and prayer thing Just last month I got caught away from the camp in that terrible blizzard, and I was totally lost and I couldn t see a thing, and it was fifty below, and so I tried it I fell to my knees i 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. 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 think that when our time comes, that that

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