Feb 09, 08
This is an interesting, thought-provoking reading. I'll grant Mr. Harris that. I guess I would suggest a reading of it for that reason. But I think of Sam Harris as not much more than a provocateur, a much hotter version of Anne Coulter.
When I first set sail, the book was funny, shocking, audacious. As I read further, though, and the tone set in on me, I felt a little dirty for reading the book. The name calling, the degrading treatment of those who seek spirituality, and the unbalanced disdain for certain religions -- together it felt like an assault. Don't get me wrong, some of it is warranted, but I also think that he is mean.
If you are going to read this book, read it with Karen Armstrong. They both deal with the threat of religion, but have drastically different theories. I obviously sided with Armstrong's more measured, uplifting, and pragmatic vision.