50 Things You're Not Supposed To Know: Religion

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Red Wheel Weiser, Dec 20, 2011 - Religion - 144 pages
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If you're waiting for the world's "Holy Men" to tell you the truth about their religions, do you suppose they'll mention that:
The Tao Te Ching was only created because Lao Tzu was thrown in jail by a disciple who didn't want to let him leave town without writing down his teachings?"Passover" celebrates God killing all firstborn Egyptian kids while Jewish homes were "passed over" by the angel of death?Shinto, a nature-loving, mellow religion, was transformed by the Japanese government into a nationalistic ideology promoting "holy" war?

Adding to its popular 50 Things You're Not Supposed To Know series, Disinformation has teamed with Daniele Bolelli—writer, professor of comparative religion, and renowned martial arts practitioner and philosopher—to tackle an ever more serious and important topic: popular misconceptions about religion. Among other revelations:
Carpocrates, an early Christian, argued that sex orgies were a key to heaven.Prostitution was a religious duty in Mesopotamian temples.The two major Chinese religions (Taoism and Confucianism) are completely at odds with each other and yet are often practiced together.Despite having persecuted Jews for 2,000 years, Christian fundamentalists are Israel's biggest supporters.

Capturing just the right balance of in-depth knowledge, respect, humor and irreverence, Bolelli takes an ecumenical approach to the task, revealing surprising, shocking, and little-known facts about the "big three" religions but also many more, including Zen Buddhism, Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, and, of course, the increasingly popular non-religion: atheism.

 

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Contents

THE FILTHY LITTLE ATHEIST FOUNDING FATHER
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HOW THE TAO TE CHING
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THE DISTURBING AND UNLIKELY MARRIAGE BETWEEN ISRAEL AND CHRISTIAN FUNDAMENTALISTS
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SEX SAKE AND
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BANZAI
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MOSES THE MASS MURDERER
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HOW A FAILED SIEGE SHAPED THE HISTORY OF RELIGIO
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FUNDAMENTALIST CHRISTIAN? ID LOVE TO INTRODUCE YOU TO MY PET KING COBRA
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PISSDRINKING DRUGGIE PRIESTS CREATED HINDUISM
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STEALING IN THE NAME OF
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ORGIES FOR ESUS
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BEING A EWISH MESSIAH IS NOT AS FUN AS ADVERTISED
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IF YOU ARE POOR ITS BECAUSE GOD HATES YOUR GUTS
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CRAZY WISDOM LAKOTASTYLE
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A LAWFUL ISLAMIC MARRIAGE THAT LASTS AN HOUR
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ENLIGHTENED RELIGIOUS POLICIES AND MASS MURDER
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THE ORIGINS OF RELIGION
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WE LOVE FREEDOM OF RELIGION EXCEPT I THE CASE OF THOSE STUPID RELIGIONS
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THAT IS THE QUESTION
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THE DAY GOD STOPPED BEING A RACIST
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BILL CLINTON HATES MASTURBATION AND OTHER TALES
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WHY WOULD A YOUNG IRISH CATHOLIC WOMAN TEAR UP A PICTURE OF THE POPE
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THE TRIAL OF THE ZOMBIE POPE
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About the author (2011)

Daniele Bolelli is a writer, university professor and martial artist and the author of 50 Things You’re Not Supposed to Know: Religion. He is a history professor at Santa Monica College and California State University, Long Beach and is a regular contributor to several magazines both in Italy and in the United States. He lives in Los Angeles.

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