Letter to A Christian NationBook - 2006
“Thousands of people have written to tell me that I am wrong not to believe in God. The most hostile of these communications have come from Christians. This is ironic, as Christians generally imagine that no faith imparts the virtues of love and forgiveness more effectively than their own. The truth is that many who claim to be transformed by Christ’s love are deeply, even murderously, intolerant of criticism. While we may want to ascribe this to human nature, it is clear that such hatred draws considerable support from the Bible. How do I know this? The most disturbed of my correspondents always cite chapter and verse.”
So begins Letter to a Christian Nation…
Baker & Taylor
In a thought-provoking and impassioned new study, the author of The End of Faith continues his battle against rigid adherence to the Christian religious literalism that is transforming America, refuting the essential beliefs, tenets, and certainties of fundamentalist Christianity in terms of sexual morality, intelligent design, and other key topics. 150,000 first printing.
Argues that the increasing power of Christian fundamentalists in American politics threatens the country's citizens, blames the Bible for promoting intolerance of other faiths, and describes atheism as "an admission of the obvious."
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Harris uses a combination of reason, statistics, and quotes from the Bible to build a case for the Inadequacy of popular Christianity to provide moral direction. While not arguing that Jesus and the Bible contain excellent teachings, he compares the Christian view of reality to other religious views and to a non-religious view and finds the Christian view lacking. Along side his main argument he also defends Evolution as fact and raises issues of moral concern such as slavery and stem cell research. Well written, concise, and convincing, the book also contains some glaring faults, mainly the author’s tendency to see the world as divisible in to black and white, right or wrong categories. A good primer for discussion, the book serves primarily as a source of important questions. Sam Harris offers few satisfying answers.
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