The message of the book, and the author's reason for writing it are stark and clear. We are at this writing at the close of the bloodiest and most hostile-to-mankind century in all of history--Ethnic and race-hatred wars and uprisings have continued to the very closing days of the dying century's calendar; with natural catastrophes of wind and rain and earthquake fanning superstitious tales of divine wrath. This book proclaims in loud and clear tones that humankind, armed with all of the accumulated knowledge and tools that science and technology have bestowed, must now make a crucial choice. It is a choice that alone will make it possible to cope with national disasters and save us all from the slippery slope to self-destruction. We must free ourselves from the stupefying embraces and blatantly false superstitions of world religions all religions. We must put the responsibility for salvation back on our own shoulders. But note that this treatise is no strident diatribe, no rantings of a village atheist. Its aim is to shine a piercing light through a prism of rationality. To the reader it makes this simple plea, Hear me out!