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

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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 ...
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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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More than a century after Nietzsche proclaimed the death of God, Onfray (philosophy, Université Populaire de Caen) laments the abiding, insidious influence of Christian monotheism and the growing influence of Islam. He allows no room for subtle distinctions between positive and destructive aspects of religious beliefs and practices, generalizing that all monotheisms are alike in their hatred of reason, women, and the body and are basically theocratic and antidemocratic in character. He is at his best when offering his popularized version of insights borrowed from Michel Foucault. However, much of his reasoning rests on generalizations, and he fails to consider and rebut common counterarguments to his claims. Furthermore, Onfray is reacting to the French context of a Catholic culture facing Islamic immigration. Sam Harris's The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reasonpresents superior argumentation to much the same end, with the North American context in mind. Recommended for larger libraries.
—Steve Young Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information

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  • ISBN-13: 9781559708500
  • Publisher: Arcade Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/5/2007
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

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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  • Posted May 22, 2009

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    Very well read

    I enjoyed this book quite well. Gives you multiple views into christianity, Muslim and Judiasm religions and practices. After reading this book I got a clearer view on the hypocrisy of man and religion, but never once did it deny the existance of Christ or God.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2007

    Michel Onfray dissects precisely, using a magnifying glass...

    *This absolutely excellent work is a very precise deconstruction of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, charting the historic origins and evolution of these three closely related monotheisms. *The original title in French is 'Traite d'Atheologie', which accurately describes the contents. Here in Canada, the English translation's title is 'In Defense of Atheism', which is unfortunate, the tone of the book being far from defensive (It's rather scathingly critical). *Onfray is a very popular French philosopher, and I tremendously enjoyed his literary style: it's both flowery and ... meaty. *The author obviously spent a tremendous amount of time pouring over the so-called 'holy' texts of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (and other books). There are no factual errors in his work to my knowledge. *Critics complain Onfray ignores the good side of religion. Well, he doesn't: he just dismisses it as relatively insignificant compared to its atrocious side. *Onfray interestingly observes that even though our western societies are now secular, they are still pretty much stuck with judeo-christian values (See for example the institution of marriage or the bioethics debates). *I highly recommend this book, that I just finished reading today in its original language.

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