An impassioned plea for reason in a world divided by faith. This important and timely work 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, the world 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.
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"The premise of THE END OF FAITH -- that religious faith is not only illogical and irrational, but ultimately dangerous --is challenging. Fortunately, Brian Emerson's clear and evenly paced narration allows listeners to concentrate on the ideas being presented. This is not to say that Emerson's delivery is dry and didactic. His tonal range accurately conveys the author's quiet horror at the atrocities committed over the ages in the name of religion. Emerson also captures Harris's wry humor when examining the ironies to be found in the clash of reason and faith. The book lends itself well to audio. Listeners will undoubtedly make good use of "rewind" to re-hear and re-think the arguments presented. M.O.B. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"
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