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

ISBN13: 9780393035155
ISBN: 0393035158
Binding: Hardcover
List Price: $26.95
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company
Published Date:
Pages: 336
Average Goodreads rating: 3.91/5 (440 ratings)

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.