The end of faith : religion, terror, and the future of reason / Sam Harris.

  • Harris, Sam, 1967-
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About this work


"In The End of Faith, Sam Harris delivers an analysis of the clash between reason and religion in the modern world. He offers a historical tour of our willingness to suspend reason in favor of religious beliefs - even when these beliefs inspire the worst of human atrocities. Harris argues that in the presence of weapons of mass destruction we cannot expect to survive our religious differences indefinitely. Most controversially, he argues that "moderation" in religion poses considerable dangers of its own, as the accomodation we have made to religious faith in our society now blinds us to the role that faith plays in perpetuating human conflict." "While warning against the encroachment of organized religion into world politics, Harris draws on insights from neuroscience, philosophy, and Eastern mysticism to deliver a call for a truly modern foundation for ethics and spirituality that is both secular and humanistic."--BOOK JACKET.


London : Free Press, imprint of Simon & Schuster UK Ltd, 2006.

Physical description

336 pages ; 20 cm


Originally published: New York: Norton, 2004; London: Free, 2005.


1. Reason in exile -- 2. The nature of belief -- 3. In the shadow of God -- 4. The problem with Islam -- 5. West of Eden -- 6. A science of good and evil -- 7. Experiments in consciousness.

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references (p. 293-321) and index.


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    History of Medicine
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