In this controversial book from 2004, author Sam Harris faults religion for being illogical, for inciting societies to violence, and for not reconciling faith and reason. Many classic thinkers and theologians struggled with this question. Harris, who has a compelling narrative style, provokes readers to confront their own philosophies as he asks another ancient question: why does a good God permit evil? Harris’s anti-religious discourse promotes reason and science as forces opposed to faith, and asserts that spiritual living does not require religion. He reconsiders venerable philosophical issues and illuminates the concepts that explain opposition to religion and its often bloody role in history.
About the Author
Sam Harris received his degree in philosophy from Stanford University and is working on a doctorate in neuroscience.
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3 years agoOne of the best books I ever read - highly recommended for the author's capability to connect dots that other authors find inconvenient to connect.
Regrettably, I found GetAbstract's own "Recommendation" rather biased: it's all too easy to guess which side the reviewer leans on... while GetAsbtract's introduction of a book should be sterile and unbiased by definition.
3 years agoThank you for your note. This was published in 2004, so I have updated the recommendation and subhead format to reflect our current guidelines. Today we publish abstracts with evaluation and opinion throughout as reviews in our Journal, though we do express some limited opinions in the abstract recommendation to help readers decide if a book is for them. Within that limit, it is quite fair to say that this is a very controversial book. Thank you for your feedback. Erica Rauzin, Senior Managing Editor, getAbstract
8 years agoSam Harris is a Gentleman and a Scholar.
8 years agointriguing