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By Sam Harris

Natalie Angier wrote in The long island Times: "The finish of Faith articulates the hazards and absurdities of prepared faith so fiercely and so fearlessly that I felt relieved as I learn it, vindicated. Harris writes what a large variety of us imagine, yet few are keen to say."

this crucial and well timed booklet offers a startling research of the conflict of religion and cause in today's global. Harris deals a vibrant ancient journey of mankind's willingness to droop cause in want of non secular ideals, even if these ideals are used to justify destructive habit and sometimes-heinous crimes. He asserts that during the shadow of guns of mass destruction, we will now not tolerate perspectives that pit one real god opposed to one other. so much controversially, he argues that we can't have enough money reasonable lip provider to faith; an lodging that in simple terms blinds us to the genuine perils of fundamentalism. whereas caution opposed to the encroachment of prepared faith into international politics, Harris additionally attracts on new proof from neuroscience and insights from philosophy to discover spirituality as a organic, brain-based want. He calls on us to invoke that desire in taking an earthly humanistic method of fixing the issues of this international. Natalie Angier wrote in The ny Times: "The finish of Faith articulates the risks and absurdities of equipped faith so fiercely and so fearlessly that I felt relieved as I learn it, vindicated. Harris writes what a large variety of us imagine, yet few are prepared to say."

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23 Why? Because the girls were not wearing the traditional head covering that Koranic law requires. Fourteen girls died in the fire; fifty were injured. Should Muslims really be free to believe that the Creator of the universe is concerned about hemlines? Gathering Our Wits Recent events have done more than expose our vulnerability to the militant discontents of the world: they have uncovered a dark current of unreason in our national discourse. To see how much our culture currently partakes of the irrationality of our enemies, just substitute the name of your favorite Olympian for "God" wherever this word appears in public discourse.

To believe a proposi- THE NATURE OF BELIEF 6l tion we must endorse, and thereby become behaviorally susceptible to, its representational content. There are good reasons to think that this process happens quite automatically—and, indeed, that the mere comprehension of an idea may be tantamount to believing it, if only for a moment. The Dutch philosopher Spinoza thought that belief and comprehension were identical, while disbelief required a subsequent act of rejection. 24 It seems rather likely that understanding a proposition is analogous to perceiving an object in physical space.

The reality that the West currently enjoys far more wealth and temporal power than any nation under Islam is viewed by devout Muslims as a diabolical perversity, and this situation will always stand as an open invitation for jihad. Insofar as a person is Muslim—that is, insofar as he believes that Islam constitutes the only viable path to God and that the Koran enunciates it perfectly— he will feel contempt for any man or woman who doubts the truth of his beliefs. What is more, he will feel that the eternal happiness of his children is put in peril by the mere presence of such unbelievers in the world.

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