Atheist Manifesto: The Case Against Christianity, Judaism, and Islam

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Skyhorse Publishing Inc., 2011 - Religion - 246 pages
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This hugely controversial work demonstrates convincingly how the world’s three major monotheistic religions—Christianity, Judaism, and Islam—have attempted to suppress knowledge, science, pleasure, and desire, condemning nonbelievers often to death. Not since Nietzsche has a work so groundbreaking and explosive questioned the role of the world’s three major monotheistic religions. If Nietzsche proclaimed the death of God, Onfray insists that not only is God still very much alive but also increasingly controlled by fundamentalists who pose a danger to the nature of human morality.

Documenting the ravages of religious intolerance over the centuries, the author makes a strong case against the three religions for their obsession with purity and their contempt for reason and intelligence, individual freedom, desire, and the human body, as well as their disdain for women, sexuality, and pleasure. In their place, all three demand faith and belief, obedience and submission, extolling the “next life” to the detriment of the here and now. Tightly argued, this is a work that is sure to stir debate on the role of religion in American society—and politics.
 

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very good review of the histories of the three main religions, tears apart the footholds of each one, in a rational explanation of how (or most likely how) they came to where they are now. it was surprising to realize how integrated the judeo christian foundation defines every part of our society and way of thinking. just when i thought i was secular.
good read.
 

Contents

Preface
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Introduction
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III
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Monotheisms
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Christianity
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Theocracy
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About the author (2011)

Michel Onfray was born in 1959. A prolific author of more than thirty books, he teaches philosophy at the Free University of Caen and lives in Paris, France.

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