I’m a little embarrassed to admit, I’ve been visiting this site for over a year and only now got around to reading “The End of Faith.” I assumed it was going to be a lot of preaching to the choir, and as such not worth my time. The first three chapters were pretty much what I expected. Had I not decided to read the whole book no matter what, I probably would have put it down.
Chapter four (on Islam) was better. I think Islam rightly deserves Harris’s sharpest criticism. I think he also makes some good points in chapter five, where he identifies some specific problems caused by Christian influence over public policy in the U.S..
But by far the best part of the book in my opinion, and worth the price of admission, was the last two chapters, on the “science” of good and evil, and experiments in consciousness. In a way, it’s a pity Harris didn’t put these last two chapters first, as I think I might have approached the rest of the book with a more open mind. (Now I’m thinking I need to re-read it from the beginning.)
Anyway, if you’ve been putting off reading “The End of Faith” because you’re expecting an atheist diatribe, I’d recommend giving it a shot. You might be pleasantly surprised, as I was.