The End of Faith
Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason
Norton, $24.95, 336 pp.
Sam Harris must have felt conflicted when contemplating the outcome of the last U.S. elections. He believes that values are objective and important, and has little time for moral relativism. He thinks that the greatest threat to world security comes from militant Islam and that Western powers may have a duty to take large-scale preemptive action—even at the cost of innocent lives. He is accordingly dismissive of those who talk down Islamic fundamentalism in the spirit...
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John Haldane is director of the Centre for Ethics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs in the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. He is the author of An Intelligent Person's Guide to Religion (Duckworth) and Faithful Reason: Essays Catholic and Philosophical (Routledge).