- Copertina rigida: 112 pagine
- Editore: Bantam Press (12 febbraio 2007)
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 0593058976
- ISBN-13: 978-0593058978
- Peso di spedizione: 118 g
- Posizione nella classifica Bestseller di Amazon: n. 258.590 in Libri in altre lingue (Visualizza i Top 100 nella categoria Libri in altre lingue)
Letter To A Christian Nation (Inglese) Copertina rigida – 12 feb 2007
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"I dare you to read this book... it will not leave you unchanged. Read it if it is the last thing you do" (Richard Dawkins)
"Sam Harris's elegant little book is the most refreshing and wonderful source of ammunition for those who, like me, hold to no religious doctrine... Read it and form your own view, but do not ignore its message" (Roger Penrose)
"Sam Harris is a brave, intelligent, clear-sighted author whose brilliant essay should be read by every adult who has ever believed that a religious faith can solve the world's problems" (Desmond Morris)
"Harris and (Richard) Dawkins both share a wonderfully refreshing refusal to parse their language into more saccharine statements... Guaranteed to enrage all but the most delusional theist" (Irish Independent)
"Harris picks apart the very seams of Christian belief in such a convincing fashion that any shred of belief I had has now been obliterated. This is a good thing. We only get one life - why waste one minute of it on mumbo jumbo" (London Lite)
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A hard-hitting polemic against religious fundamentalism - Foreword by Richard DawkinsVisualizza tutta la Descrizione prodotto
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"Letter to a Christian Nation," Harris' second work, is a necessary diatribe in defense of rationalism. Most importantly, Harris writes that those who share his adherence to rationalism should change the national conversation to show that claims about the supernatural are not worthy of respect, and should be treated as any other baseless claim would be treated.
For progressives, it is akin to living in the Dark Ages when the people who surround you all believe in the equivalent of Santa Claus. Of course it's no coincidence that children are indoctrinated into Christianity by first using such a figure with which they can identify and gradually be weaned off in favor of the real religious icon. It starts early.
What bothers me is the negative, disastrous and often times violent consequence that religious extremism has on us and every cohabitant species on our planet. And that we have often times, in this country, elect unqualified men and women on the basis of their perceived religious participation. There are practical concerns for worry. Ronald Reagan, for instance, allowed Nancy to consult with psychics on matters of national policy. The religious right consistently hobbles this nation by directing it's minion to elect inferior politicians strictly on their obedience on matters which favor their demented world view.
Furthermore, if we are ever going to achieve a greater understanding of this wondrous universe in which we live, and ourselves, we must first ameliorate the grinding social and political issues of our time that now handicap civilization, and then appropriate generous funding for exploration of the cosmos. We are derelict in our duty to do that. It has been a long time. We were motivated in the mid twentieth century, although mostly politically, to venture farther and learn more about our place in the universe, but now we must be motivated by more than politics and novelty. We must develop an appetite to understand who and what we really are, myth notwithstanding.
People who put these kinds of society altering thoughts on paper and publish them are doing humanity more potential good than all the gods and demons ever created in mankinds adolescent brain.
I hope religion ends. I don't care if you have faith; the deep, personal relationship with a God in your mind, but I do hope religion dies and never, ever comes back. Then I feel like we can truly see what the world and human population is capable of. Then maybe we can truly heal those sick with our amazing efforts in medicine and not in prayer. Then maybe billions of women will stop suffering at the hands of religion. Maybe genocide and slavery will stop being permissible and even required.
I hope it ends so we can really see our true evolutionary potential.