Check out The End of Faith by Sam Harris for an enlightening read.
The author presents a clear concise view of faith, perhaps the most important discussion since Descartes. Harris writes that we are in a time when so many people are moving toward faith as their anchor, and not enlisting reason in their governing of life’s potential. He presents an alternative universe to those that wish to perpetuate dogmatic ritualistic beliefs that undermine progress and more to the point, human happiness. You can find out more about Harris and his novel here.