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

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

Description

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.


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Details

Author(s)
Sam Harris
Format
Hardback | 336 pages
Dimensions
150 x 218 x 30mm | 470g
Publication date
03 Sep 2004
Publisher
WW Norton & Co
Publication City/Country
New York, United States
Language
English
ISBN10
0393035158
ISBN13
9780393035155
Bestsellers rank
349,014