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Natalie Angier wrote in The New York Times: "The End of Faith articulates the dangers and absurdities of organized religion so fiercely and so fearlessly that I felt relieved as I read it, vindicated....Harris writes what a sizable number of us think, but few are willing to say."

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.

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    Great read

    A very logical and honest criticism of religious thinking. The bits about the Balkan wars in the 1990s needs elaboration, the characteration of the conflict is not accurate, but still a great read.

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    End of Faith

    This book helps bring us one step closer to intelligent thinking and hopefully closer to freedom from the abuse to society as a result of Religion. Sadly many people are beyond saving from the grip Religious cult thinking too many have closed their lives to critical thinking and live their lives controlled from the grave by their ancestors.

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