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The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason (urspr publ 2004; utgåvan 2005)

av Sam Harris (Författare)

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A startling analysis of the clash of faith and reason in today's world, this historical tour of mankind's willingness to suspend reason in favor of religious beliefs, even when those beliefs are used to justify atrocities, asserts that in the shadow of weapons of mass destruction, we can not expect to survive our religious differences indefinitely. Most controversially, argues that moderate lip service to religion only blinds us to the real perils of fundamentalism. Harris also draws on new evidence from neuroscience and insights from philosophy to explore spirituality as a biological, brain-based need, and invokes that need in taking a secular humanistic approach to solving the problems of this world.… (mer)
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Titel:The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason
Författare:Sam Harris (Författare)
Info:W. W. Norton (2005), Edition: Reprint, 348 pages
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The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason av Sam Harris (2004)

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Non-believers and believers alike should definitely read this book. Excellent read, Sam Harris is fantastic as always.

Sam Harris breaks down the ways we fool ourselves and others when we engage in practices that will lead to suffering and death, all in the name of faith. He teaches us that there is no need to believe in things with insufficient evidence to find meaning in our lives.

Religion convinced us that we were sick and only they had the cure. Turns out they were the disease.

Excellent Read! ( )
  SeekingApatheia | Apr 13, 2021 |
I dislike polemics. Lost me almost from the ridiculous opening.
  frfeni | Jan 31, 2021 |
Good (although slightly short of great) book by Sam Harris. Mainly made the arguments that religion is generally bad, has a lot of impact on society, that different religions are differing levels of bad (Jain and Buddhism are minimally bad; Islam pretty maximally bad; Christianity rather bad depending on implementation.) . The religion parts were actually the least interesting to me (he did a better job of arguing this in The Moral Landscape and on his podcast); the interesting part was about non-religious meditation and other things.

Audiobook was unfortunately not read by the author; the reader was adequate but didn't deeply understand the book, showing in inflection/pacing. ( )
  octal | Jan 1, 2021 |
It has been a few years since I read this book, and what stuck with me wasn't the neuroscience, the calls for turning any biological imperatives for a need to believe toward secular humanism, and so on. What stuck with me is two main points that were very thoroughly and intelligently explored, and which fly in the face of liberal (not in the political sense of the term "liberal") ethos of religious tolerance as a "reasonable" policy.

1. The author very convincingly makes the argument that religious moderates are basically "doing it wrong" with regard to religion. True religious faith, Harris argues, demands an extreme perspective. Religious moderates are not among the true faithful of any particular orthodoxy, and do not take their own foundational holy writings seriously; they pay lip service to these faiths, in essence, and ignore where the logically necessary requirements of the faiths in question counsel religious extremism.

2. The author points out the logical consequence of truly unswerving faith and devotion to the core doctrines of the major monotheistic salvation-based religions: that the truly faithful must eventually confront the fact that true devotion to the core tenets advanced by their holy books demand outright hostility -- even a policy of destructive physical violence -- toward any belief systems that contradict their own faiths' requirements for salvation.

It seems like pro-atheism writings are the very height of fashion in self-consciously intellectual circles. While some of these writers seem to be having a good time poking fun at religious thinkers, their writings often strike me as mere pandering to an audience. The book The End of Faith by Sam Harris, however, takes a novel approach to attacking religious belief systems and the social consequences of these faiths, accepting their foundations at face value for argument's sake, then following them through a rational chain of reasoning to their necessary conclusions. What the reader finds when led there by the author is an intolerant, dangerous, violent hatred of anything that presents arguments against the "correct" faith, temptations to explore other philosophies, or inducements to question one's devotion to that faith.

Whether you find his reasoning ultimately convincing or not, this polemic is certainly daring, direct, and thorough. If nothing else, it is worth reading to inspire thoughtful consideration of the importance of identifying the real consequences of our belief systems when they are taken as unquestionable truths. ( )
1 rösta apotheon | Dec 14, 2020 |
Great book, but if you are listened to Harris' stances from either his podcasts, debates, interviews, or the like, many of the key points here will sound familiar. ( )
  thomasin500 | Nov 9, 2020 |
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Sam Harris könyve egészen kis alakú, és mindössze 134 oldal, e szempontból tehát találó az alcíme: levél egy keresztény nemzethez. Más tekintetben az alcím kevésbé találó, hiszen ahogy a szerző maga is bevallja, a könyv valójában nem a keresztényeket, sokkal inkább a szekuláris társadalom híveit kívánja megcélozni, felvértezve őket keresztény ellenfeleikkel szemben. És valóban ez az, amire alkalmasabbnak mutatkozik.

A könyv sok gondolata ismerős lehet a Richard Dawkins Isteni téveszme c. könyve olvasóinak. Sam Harris is felhozza a "minden hívő ateista a többi vallással szemben" érvet, példákkal mutatja be a Biblia erőszakosságát, amellett érvel, hogy az erkölcs nem a vallásból származik, hosszasan sorolja a kereszténység által okozott károkat, és így tovább. Rövid jellegéből adódóan mindezt azonban Dawkinsnál jóval kevésbé részletesen, olykor már-már kinyilatkoztatásszerűen, és nem ritkán arrogánsan is teszi, ami könnyen elijesztheti a vallásos lelkületű olvasókat.

A hasonló gondolatok ellenére az érdeklődő ateistáknak (vagy kevésbé sértődékeny hívőknek) mégis érdemes lehet kézbe venni a könyvet, a szerző ugyanis több aktuális kérdést is feszeget, hatásos érvekkel vértezve fel olvasóit elsősorban a vallásnak az abortuszhoz, az őssejtkutatáshoz, valamint a tudományhoz fűződő viszonyának kérdéséről. Több helyen kikel például az itthon MTA-s körökben is népszerű érvvel szemben, mely szerint a tudomány és a vallás másról szól, és ezért megférnek egymás mellett. A szerző egyes érvelési módszerei is érdekesek lehetnek az olvasók számára. A kereszténység abszurditásának bemutatásához rendszeresen megjelennek például már kihalt vallásokkal kapcsolatos gondolatkísérletek, illetve más vallások abszurd tanításainak ismertetései.

Összességében véve a könyvre sajnos erőteljesen rányomta a bélyegét a rövidsége. A szerző túl sokat akart mondani túl kicsiny helyen, ezért sokszor csak nagyon érintőlegesen említ dolgokat, illetve olykor csak ismereteket közöl, az érveket elhagyva. Bár nem találtam a könyvben olyan gondolatot, amivel ne tudnék egyetérteni, így a téma iránt érdeklődőknek ajánlani tudom, de ha valaki csak egyetlen könyvet akar elolvasni a témában, annak inkább az Isteni téveszmét nyomnám a kezébe.

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It's not often that I see my florid strain of atheism expressed in any document this side of the Seine, but ''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, almost personally understood. Sam Harris presents major religious systems like Judaism, Christianity and Islam as forms of socially sanctioned lunacy, their fundamental tenets and rituals irrational, archaic and, important when it comes to matters of humanity's long-term survival, mutually incompatible.
 
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A startling analysis of the clash of faith and reason in today's world, this historical tour of mankind's willingness to suspend reason in favor of religious beliefs, even when those beliefs are used to justify atrocities, asserts that in the shadow of weapons of mass destruction, we can not expect to survive our religious differences indefinitely. Most controversially, argues that moderate lip service to religion only blinds us to the real perils of fundamentalism. Harris also draws on new evidence from neuroscience and insights from philosophy to explore spirituality as a biological, brain-based need, and invokes that need in taking a secular humanistic approach to solving the problems of this world.

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