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Letter to a Christian Nation by Sam Harris

In Nonfiction, Religious Studies on January 21, 2010 at 12:06 pm
Letter to a Christian Nation by Sam Harris

Letter to a Christian Nation by Sam Harris

Title: Letter to a Christian Nation

Author: Sam Harris

Genre: Nonfiction/Atheism/Religion/Christianity

Rating: ****/****

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I read this last year, but was tempted to read it again after seeing it in my e-book folder yesterday.  I read it in one sitting, because Harris’s words ring so true to me as an atheist & because it’s rather short.  As such, it’s a book that I wish more Christians & religious people would read, with an open mind of course,  & evaluate its arguments.  Harris is basically making the case that religion is irrational & even in its mildest form helps to spread dissension & cause needless suffering to others.  Why is it that we accept that religion need be a part of our lives?  That we should tolerate it being forced upon society?

One argument that is often made is that society as a whole needs religion to keep us from destroying civilization itself.  As we can see in the US, the most religious states ‘red’ tend to be heavy in crime, but in the more secular blue states we see a drop in crime by comparison.  According to many Christians (et al.), atheists are supposed to be completely immoral, evil people, yet evidence shows that there is a correlation between high rates of secularism & a higher standard of living.

Though it is offensive to some people to even question the importance of religion, it is a stunning example of religion’s tyrannical hold on people, that most overlook.  All of our other beliefs e.g. environmental, political, etc. are questioned & we are expected to give reason for why we believe the way we do about them, but religion has an exemption.  Because faith has been made into a virtue & honestly, no evidence has been collected in religion’s favor, that we’ve neglected or been forced away from criticizing it or holding it to the same standards that other systems of beliefs endure.

PS: For a laugh, read the one star ‘reviews’ on Amazon.com

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http://www.samharris.org/

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