Book review

Sam Harris’ The End of Faith: Religion, Terror and the Future of Reason

Harris is one of the “four horsemen of atheism” along with Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett and Christopher Hitchens.

Harris rips religion through logic and reason. He focuses on the evils of religion such as ignorance,  religion in politics and the bloodshed associated with religion.

The “four horsemen” have been accused of focusing on Christainity; however, if you read Dawkins’ The God Delusion, Harris’ The End of Faith and Hitchen’s God is Not Great,  they spend a great amount of time focusing on Islam and Judaism, as well as Christianity.

At one point I found myself disagreeing with Harris. He discusses Noam Chomsky’s take on Islamic terrorism, and says that pacifism is “immoral.” Harris had spent a majority of the book showing the horrors of religious-based wars, yet he says pacifism is “immoral.” Really, Sam? Are we, atheists, any better than the millions of Christians, Jews and Muslims who committed murder?  I’m a pacifist– I protested against Iraq. I believe that we should be involved in wars like WWI and WWII, where there is a specific enemy and purpose for war. I am against the Bush Doctrine– preemptively attacking any country that hosts terrorists (which, as I pointed out in several posts, would include America since we have terrorists).

Other than that little disagreement, I enjoyed The End of Faith.


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