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The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason
by Sam Harris
by Sam Harris
Oct 01, 2011
Read from December 09 to 19, 2011
After reading the first chapter of this book, my initial reaction was, "Who peed in this guy's cornflakes?" because the author introduced his subject matter with such intensity and anger.Then I read that Harris began writing this book on September 12, 2001. Ah, got it now. I liked the book for its plain language and directness regarding religion and its impact on our world. It was a very refreshing read in light of today's political correctness, which often leaves us all saying nothing about important things. Harris raises good questions and makes good points, however I don't feel his points are original. Yes, religion has been the motivation for some horrific crimes against humanity. Yes, much of the world's conflict today could be attributed to religious motivation (an idea first introduced by Huntington in his book, "Clash of Civilizations"). However, Harris misrepresented the bible at several points in his argument, which makes me think he is just as guilty as anyone else for manipulating religious texts to serve his own purpose.
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