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In this highly anticipated new book, the bestselling author of The End of Faith and Letter to a Christian Nation call for an end to religion’s monopoly on morality and human values.

The End of Faith ignited a worldwide debate about the validity of religion. In the aftermath, Sam Harris discovered that most people, from secular scientists to religious fundamentalists, agree on one point: Science has nothing to say on the subject of human values. Indeed, science’s failure to address questions of meaning and morality has become the primary justification for religious faith. Now, in this explosive new book, Harris tears down the wall between scientific facts and human values.

Bringing a fresh, secular perspective to age-old questions of right and wrong, and good and evil, Harris shows that we know enough about the human brain and its relationship to events in the world to say that there are right and wrong answers to the most pressing questions of human life. Because such answers exist, cultural relativism is simply false—and comes at increasing costs to humanity. And just as there is no such thing as Christian physics or Muslim algebra, there can be no Christian or Muslim morality. Using his expertise in philosophy and neuroscience, along with his experience on the front lines of our “culture wars,” Harris delivers a game-changing argument about the future of science and about the real basis of human cooperation.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Philosophers of mind have already discovered that they can’t duck the study of neuroscience, and the best of them have raised their game as a result. Sam Harris shows that the same should be true of moral philosophers, and it will turn their world exhilaratingly upside down. As for religion, and the preposterous idea that we need God to be good, nobody wields a sharper bayonet than Sam Harris.” 

    Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion 

  • “Sam Harris breathes intellectual fire into an ancient debate. Reading this thrilling, audacious book, you feel the ground shifting beneath your feet. Reason has never had a more passionate advocate.” 

    Ian McEwan, author of Atonement  

  • “A lively, provocative, and timely new look at one of the deepest problems in the world of ideas. Harris makes a powerful case for a morality that is based on human flourishing and thoroughly enmeshed with science and rationality. It is a tremendously appealing vision, and one that no thinking person can afford to ignore.” 

    Steven Pinker, Harvard College Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and author of How the Mind Works and The Blank Slate. 

  • “Harris argues forcefully for the superiority of science over religion as a means of determining morality and understanding the subtle gradations between permanent truths and culturally and historically determined values.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Charlotte | 5/21/2011

    " Quite different from the previous books but the same great style. I like the first two books better though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Diana | 5/15/2011

    " I like Sam Harris--I think every Christian ought to read Sam Harris. He failed me in this one, just didn't make his case very well. What he did was to invent his own religion... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Michael | 5/5/2011

    " Brilliant & Informative! Just how do we manage without a god-head telling us right from wrong? Sam Harris answers beautifully! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Mark | 4/1/2011

    " A disaster.Weak philosophy porous logic;quick to slide past objections to his point of view and gloss over holes in his argument.Disappointing especially considering the strenghth of his previous work.This reads as a rehash of his doctoral thesis not a fully realised concept. "

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