Letter to a Christian Nation by Sam Harris

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From the new afterword by the author:Humanity has had a long fascination with blood sacrifice. In fact, it has been by no means uncommon for a child to be born into this world only to be patiently and lovingly reared by religious maniacs, who believe that the best way to keep the sun on its course or to ensure a rich harvest is to lead him by tender hand into a field or to a mountaintop and bury, butcher, or burn him alive as offering to an invisible God. The notion that Jesus Christ died for our sins and that his death constitutes a successful propitiation of a “loving” God is a direct and undisguised inheritance of the superstitious bloodletting that has plagued bewildered people throughout history. . .


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About Sam Harris

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Sam Harris is the author of the bestselling books The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, The Moral Landscape, and Lying. The End of Faith won the 2005 PEN Award for Nonfiction. His writing has been published in over fifteen languages. Dr. Harris and his work have been discussed in The New York Times, Scientific American, Nature, Rolling Stone, Newsweek, Time, and many other publications. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Times (London), The Boston Globe, The Atlantic, Newsweek, Annals of Neurology, and elsewhere. Dr. Harris is cofounder and CEO of Project Reason, a nonprofit foundation devoted to spreading scientific knowledge and secular values in society. He received a degree in philosophy from Stanford University and a PhD in neuroscience from UCLA. Please visit his website at www.samharris.org.
 
Published September 19, 2006 by Vintage. 96 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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Against All Gods, by AC Grayling.

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That doesn't mean others of Christian persuasion may not be equally subject to some, if not most, of the points Harris makes.

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Examiner

This week’s pick is short but sweet, which makes it a great first read for those new to this realm: Letter to a Christian Nation by Sam Harris In Letter to a Christian Nation, Sam Harris certainly wastes no words, succinctly challenging the long-held Christian beliefs of this nation (to be more...

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Patheos

As the title suggests, it is addressed primarily to American Christians (the book is written in the second person), and presents the reasons why Harris and many other atheists consider religious beliefs not just false but dangerous, and why atheism is a moral imperative in the face of the religio...

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Hitchens is an anachronism of the elite intellectual and .

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The right likes to maintain that marriage is about procreation - that this is why it exists.

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Discerning Reader

Because Harris offered little by way of original argumentation in his book, Wilson's task is not particularly difficult and that value of this book is primarily as a response to a bestseller and as a short and tidy summary of the usual arguments offered by atheists.

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Discerning Reader

I found Letter to a Christian Nation a difficult book to read.

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Reasons to Believe

Creation Update #437 Air date: 10-07-2008 Dave Rogstad, Fuz Rana, and Ken Samples.

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