The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason
This book delivers a stunning analysis of the continuing clash between faith and reason. It could be attributed to Harris' hard-hitting style, cranking out strong arguments for why faith is a dangerous element in today's world. The author offers an incredibly vivid tour in history, showing how mankind has the propensity to side with religious beliefs and suspend rational thought in order to justify destructive behavior and even heinous crimes.
He stresses that with weapons of mass destruction looming, we can no longer live in a world where people continuously pit one allegedly true god against the other. He also argues that we can no longer put up with all the hypocrisy, saying that lip service to religion only blinds us to the actual perils of fundamentalism.
Harris warns against how organized religion is sneaking into our lives and society and influencing global politics, and argues for spirituality to be explored as a biological need dictated by our brains. His arguments are backed by evidence from the field of neuroscience as well as insights from philosophy. He appeals for people to take a secular and humanistic approach to deal with the problems of this world.
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