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Release data : 12 February, 2007
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An Elegant Argument
I read this book after reading Richard Dawkins' 'The God Delusion' on his recommendation.
Harris' arguments against religion are logically and elegantly put. He writes very clearly and makes his points well and the 'letter' is very readable. He is completely fair with his arguments and is at pains to point out that the letter, whilst written to the Cristian American public, applies equally to all faiths (a point that was singularly missed by RC Metcalf in his attempted rebuttal).
A fine piece of work and very well worth having. Almost pocket sized for arming oneself against religious dogma.
Great read-now read this
I really enjoyed this book and I would just suggest following up with FREE YOUR MIND by Anthony Stultz as a companion.
I was given this book to read along with the god delusion and god is not great by a friend in order to convince me of my mistakes and delusions for believing in god , according to him , the books will show how wrong I am.
The review of this book can be very long and I will try to keep short.
The hardback book fits nicely into a pocket, is easy to read and the foreword and note to the reader are most interesting, they build it up to making the reader think that he / she is about to read something awesome and have a life changing experience.
Some of the references listed in the book are relevant and useful.
The views of creationism is criticised with some valid arguments and also points out that the Bible contradicts itself a few times.
Not so good things
Page 3 of the book lays the ground rules of the authors theory and that is where it lays the fundamental problem , his point of view is very strong and falls in the trap of " if you are not with me , you are against me " , sadly that is very similar to extremist and radical religious beliefs.
There are significant contradictions all along the way and one of the most sticking one is when he refers to a list of countries as the most developed in the world. Sadly he forgets that the most advanced , rich and most generous country in the world happens to be the United States of America ( Hello !!! ) the very same country that he is criticizing for being too religious ( not sure about Belgium being a trouble-free country )
One of the biggest problems of the book is not to compare the USA with some non-religious regimes in recent History , for example to Soviet Union where religion was all but banned and .I am not entirely sure that the author would have liked to live or raise his family there.
Having a go at Mother Teresa of Calcutta and making derogative comments about her was the hardest part of the book for me to read and at that point I felt like I had enough and wanted to put the book down.
The statements about the Holocaust and abortion are just plainly ridiculous and advocating that the killing of human beings is ok just because the nerve endings are not fully developed is preposterous.
Some of the references for the book come from polls and others from the Bible , he also uses a quote form Hitler in the 1920s to attack Christianity. Most Christians will find unacceptable to attribute to their religion the atrocities committed in the name of Islam.
The author lists a series of conflicts that he attributes to religion, and frankly most of them have nothing to do with religion, and a lot with ethnicity and control of natural resources. In fact the opposite is true, that the majority of modern armed conflicts occur among people from the same religion.
So far the only thing that this book has changed is my view of this new " religion " and their preachers.