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Letter to a Christian Nation by Sam Harris
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did not like it
bookshelves: read-in-english, politics, religion

I know of no society in human history that ever suffered because its people became too desirous of evidence in support of their core beliefs.

Sam Harris is either a dishonest public figure or an incurable idiot.

He lacks the most basic quality to write a polemic—thorough understanding of the topic he is discussing. The very characteristics of religious ideologies he opposes constitute the most unmistakable shortcomings of his work—ideological intolerance, narcissistic worldview, almost endless authoritative claims.

I agree with Sam Harris on one point: Abrahamic religions are not competible with post-colonisation western values. Rest of his arguments, however, are not only adverse to mine, but to almost every academic consensus view it comes face to face with.

Letter is essentially a rant targeting products of mob-thinking. Not a single conclusive argument is made here; not a serious religious thinker is addressed. Whole polemic is built upon caricature-level understanding of the issues. A furious anti-theist may read and find something of himself in it, but that is about as useful as this book gets.

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Reading Progress

August 31, 2018 – Started Reading
August 31, 2018 – Shelved
August 31, 2018 – Shelved as: read-in-english
August 31, 2018 – Shelved as: politics
August 31, 2018 – Shelved as: religion
August 31, 2018 – Finished Reading

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