A few days ago I shared my reading list, and The end of Faith was at the top of the list. I’d finish this by Wednesday or so. I actually finished it on Tuesday while drinking a white chocolate mocha at Starbucks. I’ve been working on a cool project to giveaway a bad ass prize to a lucky winner, and the details were a little overwhelming, so I needed a break. I opened my backpack to see if I had packed something else to do. I found the book.
I spent the next hour or so reading the last 60-70 pages. I actually was going to read only a few pages, but little did I know that I would spend the next hour reading through until the last page sans the footnotes.
This book is awesome. Sam points out so many fallacies in our belief systems, our traditions, our political structure. In addition to pointing these out, he holds no punches when describing the absurdity of certain ancient dogmas that have been passed down from generation to generation. A huge part of the book appeals to the logical nonsensical little voice inside of all of us, while the rest of the book is used to enlighten us in what can be done to remove many poisonous creeds that are deeply ingrained in our societies. He closes the book with an invitation to challenge yourself, and those systems that are hurting us as a whole, and with an apocalyptic warning: If we don’t change these things, humanity
could very well will cease to exist as we know it.
I highly recommend this book to everyone, it uses reason to make its arguments and it does it well. Whether you believe in god, God, many, or none, whether you are a man of science or a mix of all of the above, this is good reading and it is bound to expand your mind. It uses reason and facts to do this; not fairy tales or imaginative folklore. In fact the last quarter or so of the book is made up of footnotes and references, expanding and making cross references to all the facts that Sam Harris uses to support his view points. Check back in a week or so for a complete review and commentary. I just wanted to let you know I finished it.
If you want to see the other books I’ll be reading soon, visit my reading list post.