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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (13,365 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sam Harris Narrator: Jordan Bridges Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2006 ISBN: 9780743567060
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Immediate New York Times Best Seller . . .

The Challenge to Religious Dogma that has Sparked a National Debate!

"Forty-four percent of the American population is convinced that Jesus will return to judge the living and the dead sometime in the next fifty years," writes Sam Harris. "Imagine the consequences if any significant component of the U.S. government actually believed that the world was about to end and that its ending would be glorious. The fact that nearly half of the American population apparently believes this, purely on the basis of religious dogma, should be considered a moral and intellectual emergency."

In response to his award-winning bestseller The End of Faith, Sam Harris received thousands of letters from Christians excoriating him for not believing in God. Letter to A Christian Nation is his courageous and controversial reply. Using rational argument, Harris offers a measured refutation of the beliefs that form the core of fundamentalist Christianity. Addressing current topics ranging from intelligent design and stem-cell research to the connections between religion and violence, Letter to a Christian Nation boldly challenges the influence that faith has on public life in our nation. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A breath of fresh fire.” 

    Wall Street Journal

  • “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

  • “It’s a shame that not everyone in this country will read Sam Harris’ marvelous little book Letter to a Christian Nation. They won’t but they should.” 

    Leonard Susskind, Felix Bloch Professor in theoretical physics, Stanford University 

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neil Novesky | 2/14/2014

    " A solid and rational work that is fairly easy to read. It is really a short summary piece providing concluding arguments rather than evolving ones. Still a great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Davy | 2/13/2014

    " Brief and utterly devastating to supernaturalists and fundamentalists everywhere...this book fired me up like no other book has this year. Truly a relief to see someone come out of my corner swinging like mad. I gave this to my sister for Christmas. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joel Huber | 2/11/2014

    " Sam Harris delivers another devastating critique on religious belief. I quite enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 2/9/2014

    " If only I thought the people needing convincing could be convinced... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dana Stabenow | 2/9/2014

    " Harris is about as exasperated as Sigmund Freud, who wrote that the Eleventh Commandment was "Thou shalt not question." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 2/7/2014

    " Regardless of your beliefs this an informative and easy read compared to his other books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sanni | 1/26/2014

    " Quite disturbing book that left me a bit angry and not wanting to communicate with the "Christian Nation". I think it's a book that divides rather than connects people. I don't know if it could convince a Christian to become an atheist, most Christians would probably not want to read it. I wish they did, just to open up a discussion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adam Fleming | 1/18/2014

    " I want to give this 5 stars just because I agree with everything Sam Harris lays out it, but that's not being fair. It's not really a great book, just a collection of great ideas and observations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg | 1/12/2014

    " Sam lays to waste the Christian logic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 1/7/2014

    " I read this for a library book group. Very interesting. A lot of what is discussed I agree with, but the tack Harris takes is very antagonistic. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sem | 12/30/2013

    " So contemptible and feeble that I won't rate it. Even worse - a majority of readers are impressed by what he attempts to pass off as argument. Sad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 12/13/2013

    " Good book. It is basicly a shortened version of his other book. But it is a quicker read and it has some sharper more obvious conclusions. Read it and then go and arm yourself! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mukesh | 12/10/2013

    " This book was amazingly good. I am now armed with new secular arguments! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark Spano | 11/24/2013

    " Brilliant! Read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 8/12/2013

    " Letter to a Christian Nation seems to be just more of the same stuff discussed is The End of Faith. It's kind of like the Cliff's Notes version. I recomend this book to people curious about The End of Faith but lack the attention span to get through it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsy | 11/2/2012

    " I was so curious about this book that I read it all in one sitting (It helps that it is so concise). I felt that his commentary was illuminating and frank and gave me some points to consider in my personal investigation of faith, reason, and morality in my life and society as a whole. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina | 6/1/2012

    " I audio booked this and almost wish I'd had the paper copy. So many good quotes I would have underlined. Nothing terribly new or groundbreaking about the content but, for the most part, well-argued. An easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 12/1/2011

    " Ammunition for those who hold to no religious doctrine. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paige | 8/17/2011

    " I give it a 5 because it's challenging my beliefs and giving me power and motivation to think. I could almost give it a 4 for the same reason. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 6/12/2011

    " Short and to the point, it looks like a lot of people were thinking like Harris was with the result of this recent election. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana | 5/15/2011

    " This little book should be required reading for every one of us who wears the name "Christian." Sam Harris calls us out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alwyn | 5/8/2011

    " Sam Harris gives us a powerful tool to beat those Christians and their apologists. His reasoning and logic cannot be faulted.

    I challenge any Christian to point out where Harris is wrong. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 5/5/2011

    " Although I don't agree with all of the conclusions that the author came up with, I do appreciate some of the questions being asked. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 4/23/2011

    " Regardless of your beliefs this an informative and easy read compared to his other books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anders | 4/22/2011

    " Clear thoughts and arguments. Harris' to the point-style makes it an enjoyable and thoughtwordy read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Calnan | 4/16/2011

    " The subject is religion so the less said the better (not to step on any toes). Sam Harris' perspective on Islam paints a very disturbing picture of a 'situation' that should be monitored. Note to self: perhaps now is the time to read Sam Harris' End of Faith. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel | 4/10/2011

    " a systematic defense of reason and integrity in the time of perilous religious bigotry.a shortened,updated version of "Why I am not a christian". a must read for every-christian, or christian-friend. "

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About the Author
Author Sam HarrisSam Harris is the author of the bestselling books The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian NationThe Moral LandscapeFree Will, and LyingThe End of Faith won the 2005 PEN Award for Nonfiction. His writing has been published in over fifteen languages. Dr. Harris is cofounder and CEO of Project Reason, a nonprofit foundation devoted to spreading scientific knowledge and secular values in society. He received a degree in philosophy from Stanford University and a PhD in neuroscience from UCLA. Please visit his website at SamHarris.org.