The Atheist Manifesto

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Melbourne University Publishing, 2012 M12 13 - 140 pages
Not since Nietzsche has a work so groundbreaking and explosive appeared, to question the role of the world's three major monotheistic religions. If Nietzsche proclaimed the death of God, French philosopher Michel Onfray starts from the premise that not only is God still very much alive but increasingly controlled by fundamentalists who pose a danger to the human race. Documenting the ravages from religious intolerance over the centuries, Onfray 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, sexuality and pleasure, and for women in general. In their place, all three demand faith and belief, obedience and submission, extol 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 Australian 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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User Review  - knightlight777 - LibraryThing

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

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About the author (2012)

Michel Onfray was born in France in 1959. The prolific author of more than 30 books, he teaches philosophy at the People's University of Caen, and lives in Normandy.

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