Away with All Gods!: Unchaining the Mind and Radically Changing the World

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Insight Press, 2008 - Religion - 260 pages
"Bringing a revolutionary communist voice to the current discourse about god, atheism, and morality, this treatise demystifies religious belief and examines how, even in its most progressive interpretations, religion stands in the way of the emancipation of humanity. Addressing numerous questions--such as Is believing in gods actually harmful? How has Christianity served for centuries as an ideology of conquest and subjugation? Why is the "Bible Belt" in the U.S. also the "lynching belt?" and Why is patriarchy and the oppression of women foundational to so many religions?--this critique takes issue with long-established traditions and suggests the necessity to fully rupture with all forms of superstition and embrace a truly scientific approach to understanding and transforming reality. Bringing a unique revolutinary communist voice to the current discourse about god, atheism and morality, Avakian demystifies religious belief and examines how, even in his most progressive interpretations, religion stands in teh way fo the emancipation of humanity"--Publisher's description.

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A very disappointing book, as the author appears to assume that his view of atheism is able to speak for all atheists. The book is more a paean to communism than a ringing endorsement of atheism. The ... Read full review

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Contents

Religion Patriarchy Male Supremacy and Sexual Repression
121
and Religion in America
136
Christian Fascism and Genocide
150
Winning Liberation
157
The Myth of the Truthfulness and Positive Role
199
Reason Has Not Failed Us Reason Is Absolutely Necessary
211
God Does Not ExistAnd There Is No Good Reason
217
There Is No Such Thing As Unchanging and Unchangeable
226
Liberation Without Gods
234
Index
249
About The Author 257
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About the author (2008)

If you don't have a poetic spirit-or at least a poetic side- it is very dangerous for you to lead a Marxist movement or be the leader of a socialist state." --Bob Avakian

Bob Avakian (BA) is the architect of a whole new framework of human emancipation, the new synthesis of communism, which is popularly referred to as the "new communism." The goal of the new communism is a total revolution--the most radical revolution in human history that aims at nothing less than overcoming all forms of oppression and exploitation all over the world, a society where humanity could truly flourish. The new synthesis is based on more than 40 years of revolutionary work that BA has done critically analyzing and drawing from past revolutionary experience and theory, and a broad range of human activity and thought. It is a continuation of, but also represents a qualitative leap beyond, and in some important ways a break with, communist theory as it had been previously developed. It provides the basis--the science, the strategy, and the leadership--for an actual revolution and a radically new society on the road to real emancipation.

Bob Avakian is the Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA (RCP), which he has led since its formation in 1975. He emerged as a major political figure throughout the upheavals and rebellions of the period of the '60s: awakening to political life in the period of the emerging discontent and ferment among students in the Free Speech Movement in Berkeley; joining and then becoming a leader of the resistance and protests against the Vietnam War; becoming an early and prominent supporter of the Black Liberation struggle where he was closely associated with the Black Panther Party; then playing a critical leading role in the political and ideological struggles of the New Left Movement of the 1960s, which ultimately led to the founding of the RCP. In the decades since the 1960s BA has given decisive leadership to the theoretical as well as strategic and practical dimensions of the revolution, both in the U.S. and internationally.

BA's extensive body of work includes more than a hundred articles, books, films and audio recordings. His collected works are available through The Bob Avakian Institute, thebobavakianinstitute.org.

The above is excerpted from Bob Avakian (BA)-Official Biography, a publication of The Bob Avakian Institute.

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