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

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

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by Michel Onfray
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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:
9781626367791
Publisher:
Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date:
04/01/2011
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
264
Sales rank:
650,000
File size:
1 MB

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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