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

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Simon and Schuster, 2011 M04 1 - 264 pages
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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User Review  - LynleyS - LibraryThing

If you've already read Dawkins' The God Delusion, the style of this book may be a little unexpected. Perhaps it's the French translation - I was slightly annoyed by the exclamatory style - do French ... Read full review

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This is the type of book I "believe" one has to read several times to absorb the vast array of ideas expressed. Obviously "true believers" of the garden variety religions will not touch this small ... Read full review

Contents

Title Page
Introduction
Odyssey of the Freethinkers
Atheism and the Escape from Nihilism
Toward an Atheology
The Tyranny of Afterlives
Bonfires of the Intelligence
Seeking the Opposite of the Real
The Construction of Jesus
The Pauline Contamination
The Totalitarian Christian State
Selective Exploitation of the Texts
In the Service of the Death Fixation
Toward a PostChristian Secular Order
BIBLIOGRAPHY Atheology

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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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