God and His Demons

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Prometheus Books, Jun 30, 2010 - Religion - 281 pages
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A noted author and activist brings his critical acumen and rhetorical skills to bear in this polemic against the dark side of religion. Unlike some popular works by stridently outspoken atheists, this is not a blanket condemnation of all believers. Rather the author's focus is the heartless exploitation of faithful followers by those in power, as well as sectarian intolerance, the violence against heretics and nonbelievers, and the reactionary political and economic collusion that has often prevailed between the upper echelons of church and state.  

Parenti notes the deleterious effects of past theocracies and the threat to our freedoms posed by present-day fundamentalists and theocratic reactionaries. He discusses how socially conscious and egalitarian minded liberal religionists have often been isolated and marginalized by their more conservative (and better financed) coreligionists. Finally, he documents the growing strength of secular freethinkers who are doing battle against the intolerant theocratic usurpers in public life.

Historically anchored yet sharply focused on the contemporary scene, this eloquent indictment of religion’s dangers will be welcomed by committed secular laypersons and progressive religionists alike.


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This work purports to look at the negative effect of fundamentalist religion, and in fact, it does that, but not particularly well. The sections on theology and religious history are superficially ... Read full review

Contents

Up from Heaven
11
The Great Exterminator
19
The Great Abominator
27
The Other Face of Our Sweet Savior
41
Who Killed Jesus and All Those Other Jews?
53
Working His Blunders in Mysterious Ways
65
Jiffy Creation Dubious Design
75
Mother Teresa John Paul and
89
Pious Predators
139
Politicos and Other Pharisees
155
Church in State
167
The Return of Totalitarian Theocracy
181
For Lords and Lamas
195
Goodbye Shangrila
207
Secular Tolerance Rising?
215
Acknowledgments
223

Cashing In on Heaven
99
Moneyed Gurus and Cults
109
God Left and Right
127
Index
259
About the Author
281
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Victor J. Stenger (Lafayette, CO) is adjunct professor of philosophy at the University of Colorado and emeritus professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Hawaii. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller God: The Failed Hypothesis, and many other books, including The Fallacy of Fine-Tuning, The New Atheism, Quantum Gods, The Unconscious Quantum, The Comprehensible Cosmos, Timeless Reality, Physics and Psychics and Has Science Found God?

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