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1. Sam Harris

1. Sam Harris

Sam Harris catapulted to prominence with his 2004 book "The End of Faith," which won the 2005 PEN Award for Nonfiction and spent weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. In the book, Harris argues that the root claims of religion can lead to terrorism and the oppression of women, and that

religious tolerance itself is a problem

; broad-minded people excuse fanatical behavior by invoking religion. While Harris has spoken out against religions (especially Islam),

he told Beliefnet

that he practices Zen meditation and sees value in mystical experiences. His new book, "Letter to a Christian Nation," will be released in September.

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