[Reading] ➶ Letter to a Christian Nation Author Sam Harris – Freeboooks.com



10 thoughts on “Letter to a Christian Nation

  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 he made his points Consider one quote If the Bible is an ordinary book, and Christ an ordin 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 he mad...


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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 antag 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...


  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 ...


  4. 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 th 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 ...


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    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 sho 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 ...


  6. 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 ...


  7. says:

    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 Can I just admit something straight off the bat I Don t Care I don t care whether you want...


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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 toa 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. 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 toa 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 t...


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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, peop 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 careabout 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 f...


  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 farproductiv 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 farproductive 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 ...


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Letter to a Christian Nation In Response To 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 Reply Using Rational Argument, Harris Offers A Measured Refutation Of The Beliefs That Form The Core Of Fundamentalist Christianity In The Course Of His Argument, He Addresses Current Topics Ranging From Intelligent Design And Stem Cell Research To The Connections Between Religion And Violence In Letter To A Christian Nation, Sam Harris Boldly Challenges The Influence That Faith Has On Public Life In Our Nation.