In a thought-provoking and impassioned new study, the author of The End of Faith continues his battle against rigid adherence to the Christian religious literalism that is transforming America, refuting the essential beliefs, tenets, and certainties of fundamentalist Christianity in terms of sexual morality, intelligent design, and other key topics.
From the new afterword by the author:
Humanity has had a long fascination with blood sacrifice. In fact, it has been by no means uncommon for a child to be born into this world only to be patiently and lovingly reared by religious maniacs, who believe that the best way to keep the sun on its course or to ensure a rich harvest is to lead him by tender hand into a field or to a mountaintop and bury, butcher, or burn him alive as offering to an invisible God. The notion that Jesus Christ died for our sins and that his death constitutes a successful propitiation of a "loving" God is a direct and undisguised inheritance of the superstitious bloodletting that has plagued bewildered people throughout history. . .
"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, author of The Selfish Gene and The God Delusion "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
From the best-selling author of The End of Faith, a powerful indictment of fundamentalist Christianity that will be read and argued about by believers and non-believers alike. First time in paperback!