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Meditation 382
The End of Faith

by Reverend Fouad

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The End of Faith: Religion, Terror and the Future of Reason by Sam Harris is an excellent book making the point that religious faith is endangering our very survival in this nuclear age, and so has to be dealt with seriously, right now: political correctness must be relegated to to the garbage, or else there will be big problems in the future.

I'll let you check it out yourself for details. There's an excerpt from the book on the author's web site, along with a number of good reviews.

I'll only add that I agree with most of the author's ideas but that I do not share his buddhist / mystical / spiritual leanings, which I suspect have to do with strong emotions.

The book got a PEN award. Sam Harris's web site lists his television appearances and includes lecture by its author along with a readers' forum..

I do recommend this book.

A brief excerpt from the opening chapter:

Moderates do not want to kill anyone in the name of God, but they want us to keep using the word “God” as though we knew what we were talking about. And they do not want anything too critical said about people who really believe in the God of their fathers, because tolerance, perhaps above all else, is sacred. To speak plainly and truthfully about the state of our world—to say, for instance, that the Bible and the Koran both contain mountains of life-destroying gibberish—is antithetical to tolerance as moderates currently conceive it. But we can no longer afford the luxury of such political correctness. We must finally recognize the price we are paying to maintain the iconography of our ignorance.