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

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Arcade Publishing, 2007 - Religion - 219 pages
Citing historical records, both ancient and contemporary, and chapter and verse - from the Bible, the Torah and Talmud, and the Koran - the author documents the ravages of religious intolerance over the past two and a half millennia, where "truth" is exclusive to only the faithful. He makes a convincing case for the three religions' obsession with purity, their contempt for - and antipathy to - reason and intelligence, individual freedom, desire and the human body, and therefore sexuality and pleasure, and their contempt for women in general. In their place, all three, in varying ways and to varying degrees, require obedience and submission, extolling the "next life" to the detriment of the here and now, preaching chastity, virginity, and blind faith. Onfray goes back to the origins of the religions' holy works and shows how they have been dissected and altered, censored and rewritten to suit each doctrine and convince its faithful that they are the word of God, not man. - Inside cover.

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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


Odyssey of the Freethinkers
Atheism and the Escape from Nihilism
Toward an Atheology
Bonfires of the Intelligence
Seeking the Opposite of the Real
The Construction of Jesus
The Totalitarian Christian State
Repressions and the death fixation
Toward a PostChristian Secular Order
The local as universal
Yellow stars and Muslim tattoos
Against the closed society
Muslim fascism
An ayatollah speaks
structurally archaic

Selective Exploitation of the Texts
In the Service of the Death Fixation
points in common
Wars fascisms and other pursuits
Jesus at Hiroshima
Love of ones neighbor continued
Colonialism genocide ethnocide
Fascist thematics
Fascism of the fox fascism of the lion
Against religioussecularism
Substance and forms of the secular ethic
Toward a postChristian secularism

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Page v - God" invented as a counter-concept of life — everything harmful, poisonous, slanderous, the whole hostility unto death against life synthesized in this concept in a gruesome unity! The concept of the "beyond," the "true world" invented in order to devaluate the only world there is — in order to retain no goal, no reason, no task for our earthly reality! The concept of the "soul,
Page 17 - FIRE God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob, not of the philosophers and scholars. Certitude. Certitude. Feeling. Joy. Peace. God of Jesus Christ. My God and thy God.
Page 136 - ... he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep.
Page 181 - Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things which are God's.
Page v - beyond," the "true world" invented in order to devaluate the only world there is — in order to retain no goal, no reason, no task for our earthly reality! The concept of the "soul," the "spirit," finally even "immortal soul," invented in order to despise the body, to make it sick — "holy"; to oppose with a ghastly levity everything that deserves to be taken seriously in life, the questions of nourishment, abode, spiritual diet, treatment of the sick, cleanliness, and weather! In place of health,...
Page 104 - Praised be God that he has not created me a gentile; praised be God that he has not created me a woman; praised be God that he has not created me an ignorant man.
Page 192 - Assuming that the guilty party's identity and responsibility have been fully determined, the traditional teaching of the Church does not exclude recourse to the death penalty, if this is the only possible way of effectively defending human lives against the unjust aggressor.
Page v - sin" invented along with the torture instrument that belongs with it, the concept of "free will," in order to confuse the instincts, to make mistrust of the instincts second nature. In the concept of the "selfless," the "self-denier," the distinctive sign of decadence, feeling attracted by what is harmful, being unable to find any longer what profits one, self-destruction is turned into the sign of value itself, into "duty," into "holiness," into what is "divine
Page 157 - When this version was made is not known, probably not before the end of the second or the beginning of the third century, if indeed as early as that.

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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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