Letter to a Christian Nation



Immediate New York Times Best Seller The Challenge To Religious Dogma That Has Sparked A National Debate Forty Four Percent Of The American Population Is Convinced That Jesus Will Return To Judge The Living And The Dead Sometime In The Next Fifty Years, Writes Sam Harris Imagine The Consequences If Any Significant Component Of The U.S Government Actually Believed That The World Was About To End And That Its Ending Would Be Glorious The Fact That Nearly Half Of The American Population Apparently Believes This, Purely On The Basis Of Religious Dogma, Should Be Considered A Moral And Intellectual Emergency In Response To His Award Winning Bestseller The End Of Faith, Sam Harris Received Thousands Of Letters From Christians Excoriating Him For Not Believing In God Letter To A Christian Nation Is His Courageous And Controversial Reply Using Rational Argument, Harris Offers A Measured Refutation Of The Beliefs That Form The Core Of Fundamentalist Christianity Addressing Current Topics Ranging From Intelligent Design And Stem Cell Research To The Connections Between Religion And Violence, Letter To A Christian Nation Boldly Challenges The Influence That Faith Has On Public Life In Our Nation.Letter to a Christian Nation

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  • Sam Harris
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  • 10 January 2018
  • 9780743567060

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  1. says:

    I agree with other reviewers that there are no new or surprising arguments here He goes over ground which is thoroughly familiar to those who think critically of religion What makes the book so worthwhile is not, therefore, any ahem great revelations.What I found thrilling about this book, as an atheist of 50 years, was the startling, forceful simplicity, directness, beauty, and artistry with which h...

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    What is interesting about this book, as in most atheist thought, is that in lambasting fundamentalist institutional religious dogma, the author ends up doing exactly what he accuses his opponents of polarizing, claiming to know what truth and reality are better than anyone else, and pushing moderates into extremism He claims, as all atheists do, to be speaking solidly from the standpoint of reason As a reasonable man, then, he should have recognized that fighting antagonism with greater antagonism will not convert any Christians to his cause I agree completely with his points, especially when he tears down the idiocy of opposing stem cell research, and questions the morality of those who call themselves Christians who would uphold the life of an embryo over that of a living adult, or prevent the distribution of condoms in HIV rampant countries Yes, these are indeed problems that need to be addressed.But my issue here is with his approach it does absolutely no good to simply directly label all Christians and Muslims he side steps addressing the Jewish religion as complete morons There are some very intelligent people who adhere to a religion and or a religious culture , and while they can understand his criticisms completely, it doesn t aid the cause of reason to bitterly strike out against all religions of the world and label a majority of the populace as idiots.I felt like his final pages were the most cohesive, le...

  3. says:

    This seems like a completely unhelpful, pointless book Sam Harris knows full well that the likelihood the people he purportedly addresses in his letter conservative Christians will actually read it is close to zero OK he does state in the preface that its primary purpose is to arm secularists , which I guess means he really had a different audience in mind from the start Fair enough But why use the particular framing device that he does a belligerent, hectoring letter to fundamentalist Christians They re not going to read the book anyway, and there s nothing helpful about the angry attacking letter framework In fact, it s particularly unhelpful.I consider myself a rational person definitely a priori likely to be receptive to the line of argument I had expected to find in this book But my immediate reaction to it was one of annoyance and dislike Annoyance at its overall tone, and dislike because I think the author indulges in such a selective interpretation of the Bible, history, and the world s current political situation that it simply undermines the case that he wishes to make The best that I could say is that reading the book made me re examine some of my own beliefs But to no greater extent than reading the newspaper can sometimes have the same effect.Towards the end of the book Harris acknowledges that this letter is the pro...

  4. says:

    New Atheist spokesman Harris published an earlier book attacking religion, The End of Faith Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason, in 2004 Written in response to hostile mail, mostly from Christians, reacting to the first one, this second book is designed as a concise 91 pages of text distillation of his argument, both to irrefutably demolish any possible case for theism in general and Christian theism in particular, and primarily to arm secularists who believe that religion should be kept out of public policy, against their opponents on the Christian Right Harris uses the term Christian loosely, apparently including various types of nominal Christians and Christian influenced Americans but he directs his attack here on those who hold to the traditional form of the faith, though defined somewhat inaccurately and treated as monolithic, without nuance As a Christian, I obviously didn t come to the book without a prior opinion But I did honestly seek to give it a fair hearing, considering his case on its merits, and seriously interacting and engaging with it That s been an intellectually stimulating and enriching process, despite the fact that the book itself is disorganized and poorly argued, IMO I did quite a bit of study as a result, and learne...

  5. says:

    Wow Concentrated essence of critique This book is passionate, and tightly reasoned and put together It catalogues some of the problems organized religions have inflicted on humanity, past and present, ranging from causing division, hatred and war to putting the brakes on truly free scientific and intellectual inquiry.Harris takes a number of common arguments in favor of the existence of God and or the validity of various bodies or tenets of dogma, and shows that under logical consideration they just don t stand up As in his book The End of Faith, he argues that even though liberal and moderate religious communities may not advocate actions that hurt society or other individuals, by providing religiosity with a cloak of respectability they create a niche, immune to logic, where fundamentalists can operate, whereas if all human movements were expected to meet the test of providing some objective evidence to support their beliefs, they d have nowhere to go For that matter, he classes totalitarian political systems that aren t overtly religious, such as fascism or communism, as being similar to religion in that dogma is held higher than rational questioning and following th...

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    Can I just admit something straight off the bat I Don t Care I don t care whether you want to participate in ritualized cannibalism I don t care whether you think the soul resides on the top of the head I don t care whether you want to rub blue mud in your navel, ingest some psylocybin and commune with Gaia I don t care whether you want to build temples to a god who, at best, is enormously small minded and petty or, at worst, is a genocidal tyrant bent on undoing the mistake of free will I especially don t care whether you do or don t believe in any bi polar sky god I m just done with it It s a discussion I ve had times than I can count and one where I ve already heard every justification for and against I just don t care While I am undoubtedly an atheist, there s something very off putting about this new wave of skeptics that makes me want to distance myself from them Something about the missionary zeal with which this new group of atheists approaches religious discussions smacks too much of we will save the heathens from themselves or they ll die trying Tellingly, it is normally those who have recently lost their faith that are the most vocal challengers of deists, there is no fervor as powerful as that of the recently converted, be it to Christi...

  7. says:

    As an atheist, this was an easy read There was not anything that made the god argument over and done with but some points were well brought up The problem with a book like this is that only atheists are going to read it, but I wont be reading much material which claims to prove god s exi...

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    Harris received a lot of hate mail from Christians for his book The End of Faith Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason so wrote this to a Christian in a narrow sense of the term Such a person believes, at a minimum, that the Bible is the inspired word of God and that only those who accept the divinity of Jesus Christ will experience salvation after death He also says Consequently, liberal and moderate Christians will not always recognize themselves in the Christian I address.they will also begin to see that the respect they demand for their own religious beliefs gives shelter to extremists of all faiths.IOW, he makes it clear that he is addressing religious extremism.Unfortunately few, if any Christians can read this with an open mind since they seem to miss that part then he attacks Christianity If he had started with his conclusion, some might have read at least part of it that would have made it a far powerful book He makes a great case against including religion in public decisions or any, for that matter , but he belittles the religion ...

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    It s clear that Sam Harris wrote this book out of frustration with Christianity in particular, and religion in general The book s style and tone conveys the author s frustration in such a way that makes it largely a turn off for many Christians who might otherwise earnestly listen to what he has to say.That aside, Sam Harris makes a lot of good points, that I think many Christians today should take to heart His view of Christians reflects many in our culture who see us as, for example, people that care about showing the 10 commandments in the courts than helping the poor and oppressed in our cities and our world Or people that gauge the best political leader on his theology in exclusion to his commitment to the environment, etc.Where Sam Harris goes that I don t follow is down the path of religion being utterly unreasonable and thus dangerous His arguments seem contradictory at times, and born out of his frustration For a good summary of a rebuttal book, I recommend Rich Vincent s review of Is Religion Dangerous by Keith Ward I can appreciate the act of debating what s reasonable and what isn t, but as my strengths aren t found in arguments and debating, I leave that to others In the postmodern world, as I recently heard, people are asking different questions People aren t debating what is reasonable so much as they re asking where do I find my meaning Those are the questions I m intereste...

  10. says:

    Sam Harris sets out to demolish the intellectual and moral pretensions of Christianity in its most committed forms in only 91 pages Mr Harris repeatedly refers to Christians as arrogant narcissists, yet he regards his own intellect so highly he only requires 91 page to snuff out 2,000 years of religious tradition and intellectual questioning of billions of people who have concluded there was something about Jesus that compelled belief These 91 pages could have been put to far productive use had Mr Harris actually taken seriously the faith he set out to demolish He largely attacks a caricature of Christian faith, one I certainly don t believe and wouldn t One of my other complaints about this book is that I feel Harris does a disservice to utilitarian moral reasoning He blames Christian belief for causing suffering without really establishing causality or defining suffering or weighing the resulting happiness against purported suffering Suffering was whatever he said it was whenever it was convenient to his ...

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