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

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Arcade Publishing, 2007 - Religion - 219 pages
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Citing historical records, both ancient and contemporary, and chapter and verse - from the Bible, the Torah and Talmud, and the Koran - the author documents the ravages of religious intolerance over the past two and a half millennia, where "truth" is exclusive to only the faithful. He makes a convincing case for the three religions' obsession with purity, their contempt for - and antipathy to - reason and intelligence, individual freedom, desire and the human body, and therefore sexuality and pleasure, and their contempt for women in general. In their place, all three, in varying ways and to varying degrees, require obedience and submission, extolling the "next life" to the detriment of the here and now, preaching chastity, virginity, and blind faith. Onfray goes back to the origins of the religions' holy works and shows how they have been dissected and altered, censored and rewritten to suit each doctrine and convince its faithful that they are the word of God, not man. - Inside cover.
 

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More than a century after Nietzsche proclaimed the death of God, Onfray (philosophy, Universit├ƒ┬»├‚┬┐├‚┬Ż Populaire de Caen) laments the abiding, insidious influence of Christian monotheism and the ... Read full review

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Well written, rich with sources unpopular in a judeo christian paradigm. Intellectuals do well to read this book firmly grounded contra mysticism and prevalent zeitgeists like mysticism.

Contents

Introduction
1
Odyssey of the Freethinkers
11
Atheism and the Escape from Nihilism
27
Toward an Atheology
41
Bonfires of the Intelligence
77
Seeking the Opposite of the Real
95
The Construction of Jesus
115
The Totalitarian Christian State
141
Repressions and the death fixation
197
Toward a PostChristian Secular Order
199
The local as universal
201
Yellow stars and Muslim tattoos
203
Against the closed society
204
Muslim fascism
206
An ayatollah speaks
207
structurally archaic
208

Selective Exploitation of the Texts
155
In the Service of the Death Fixation
175
points in common
188
Wars fascisms and other pursuits
189
Jesus at Hiroshima
191
Love of ones neighbor continued
192
Colonialism genocide ethnocide
195
Fascist thematics
210
Fascism of the fox fascism of the lion
213
Against religioussecularism
215
Substance and forms of the secular ethic
216
Toward a postChristian secularism
218
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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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