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Letter To A Christian Nation

Filed under: Books,Reviews — site admin @ 9:59 am

Sam Harris responds to his critics in Letter to a Christian Nation. The book is written as a letter to a Christian, but could apply to any religion. At at little over 90 pages, it is readable in a single day. From the keeping of slaves to stoning a woman to death on her father’s doorstep on her wedding night if she isn’t a virgin, Harris looks deep into the “morality” of religion with a skeptical mind. He finds that the bible (and other religious works) is full of self contradiction and questions whether an omniscient, omnipotent being could have contributed to the writing in any manner.

Harris turns 90 pages into a religious smackdown of biblical proportions. Anyone who has questions of their own religiousness should read this. Anyone who has complete faith in their own religiousness should too, but they won’t. There are just too many questions raised that cannot be answered properly by a zealot no matter the level of zealotry.


  1. I haven’t read your link yet, but plan on it. I did watch a piece today on religion.
    Check out Richard Dawkins, “The Root of All Evil”. Probably very similar to the work youmentioned.

    Comment by shandi — 10/13/2006 @ 10:17 pm

  2. by the way, Sam Harris gave a speech at the atheist convention I went to. It was titled “How Not to Believe in God.” I signed in too late to have heard him.

    Comment by shandi — 10/13/2006 @ 10:25 pm

  3. I think that would have been a great speech. I heard him on NPR and couldn’t help but be moved by the very reasonableness of his interview. The book is even better than the interview.

    Comment by site admin — 10/23/2006 @ 10:31 pm

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