Friday, September 22, 2006

I Read Letter to a Christian Nation

Sam Harris' book is absolutely beautiful. I sat down at Barnes and noble with an iced coffee, read all 91 pages, and the cheap bastard that I am, decided to not pay the $16 for the hardback and wait for the paperback. Then I went and bought a bottle of zinfandel, a coffee table, a pair of scissors, 2 placemats, and a winged corkscrew.

The book is a bite sized morsel that puts the whole issue in perspective in one fell swoop. It leaves it's mark beautifully. Here is my amazon review:

This book will most certainly go down as a modern classic of it's ilk. In today's schizoid U.S. political climate where the latest ridiculous rendition of Christianity turns Jesus into some sort of affluent agressive war-god of the financially elite, secular progressives have a secret weapon to protect themselves from the attack of empty air-headed slogans and sound-bites- *good writing*. And Sam Harris is an extraordinary writer. His words are so lucid and well thought out that it reads like prose. Even as someone thoroughly familiar with Harris' other writing and thought, I found this beautiful little book to be full of gems and novel insights. It's a nice compact and unashamed little polemic that touches every major point with brutal clarity. Of course, nobody would expect Christians to read it and suddenly realize the folly of their ways, but this book is a perfect remedy to the meme of fundamentalism once that little crack of doubt opens and that seed of reason is planted. People will be converted by this thing, and people will be referred to and will resort to this book (if they are brave enough) for years to come. It is small enough to finish in less than 3 hours for an average reader.

This book is a molten wrecking ball of common sense and crisp logic. The arguments in it are irrefutable without resorting to some sort of blind grasping. I will enjoy it for years to come. Thank you Sam Harris.

"It is from the bible that man has learned cruelty, rapine and murder. For the belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man. And the bible is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind."
- Thomas Paine

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