For those generally familiar with Sam Harris‘ body of work, Waking up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion (ISBN: 978-1-4516-3601-7) might come as bit of a surprise. Mr. Harris, the author of books like The End of Faith, Letters to a Christian Nation, and Free Will (to name a few), who holds a PhD in neuroscience from UCLA, is a skilled debater and lecturer, also happens to distinguish himself as a staunch advocate for atheism in America.
Undoubtedly, the hardcore, aka “militant”, atheist will feel that Mr. Harris has done an about face and joined the ranks of the “deluded masses” he consistently criticized in the past by writing a book about (shudder)… spirituality. But, as any long time reader of Mr. Harris’ blog will tell you, that isn’t a wholly accurate characterization of Mr. Harris, nor what this book is about.
Yes, Sam Harris is a vocal critic of organized religion – and in particular, the Abrahamic religions – but he is showing himself to be far more multidimensional than many would like to admit.