It might be helpful to have a separate topic to discuss the book as a whole.
After finishing Chapter 4, I'm disappointed in the book. As an atheist who sees religion as a net negative, my views aren't they far from Harris's. However, he oversimplifies things and distorts the facts.
I'm puzzling over why the book received such positive reviews, such as this one
in the New York Times. Perhaps other atheists are just pleased that someone is speaking out. However, The End of Faith
isn't accurate or nuanced enough for my taste.
As one analogy, I'm strongly anti-Bush, whose Presidency has been a complete disaster for the nation and who has caused immense suffering. I often read the liberal blogs, since it's comforting to be exposed to people whose attitudes mirror my own. However, I didn't care for Michael Moore's last movie, since it was inaccurate and misleading at points.
Perhaps the fans of The End of Faith
view it the same way I view the liberal blogs, while in my mind it's more akin to Fahrenheit 9/11