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Away with all Gods! : unchaining the mind and radically changing the world

Author: Bob Avakian
Publisher: Chicago : Insight Press, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Bringing a revolutionary communist voice to the current discourse about god, atheism, and morality, this treatise demystifies religious belief and examines how, even in its most progressive interpretations, religion stands in the way of the emancipation of humanity. Addressing numerous questions--such as Is believing in gods actually harmful? How has Christianity served for centuries as an ideology of conquest and  Read more...
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Avakian, Bob.
Away with all Gods!
Chicago : Insight Press, ©2008
(OCoLC)608614280
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bob Avakian
ISBN: 9780976023685 0976023687 9780976023692 0976023695
OCLC Number: 179843063
Description: ix, 260 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Part 1. Where Did God Come From ... And Who Says We Need God? --
"God Works in Mysterious Ways" --
Cruel and Truly Monstrous God --
Bible, Taken Literally, Is a Horror --
Christian Fundamentalists, Christian Fascists --
Seeing Jesus in a True Light --
What About the Ten Commandments? --
No New Testament Without the Old --
Fundamentalist and "Salad Bar" Christianity --
Religion and Oppressive Ruling Classes --
Evolution, the Scientific Method-and Religious Obscurantism --
If Gods Do Not Exist, Why Do People Believe in Them? --
Why Do People Believe in Different Gods? --
Part 2. Christianity, Judaism, and Islam-Rooted In The Past, Standing In the Way of the Future --
Historical Development and Role of Christianity: Doctrines and Power Politics --
Christianity as a New Religion: The Pivotal Role and Influence of Paul --
Demystifying Jesus and Christianity --
Islam Is No Better (and No Worse) Than Christianity --
Religious Fundamentalism, Imperialism and the "War on Terror" --
Why Is Religious Fundamentalism Growing in Today's World? --
Rejecting the "Smug Arrogance of the Enlightened" --
Growth of Religion and Religious Fundamentalism: A Peculiar Expression of a Fundamental Contradiction --
Part 3. Religion-a Heavy, Heavy Chain --
Religion, Patriarchy, Male Supremacy and Sexual Repression --
Bible Belt Is the Lynching Belt: Slavery, White Supremacy and Religion in America --
Christian Fascism and Genocide --
Religion, Fundamentalism, and the Slave Mentality --
Part 4. God Does Not Exist-We Need Liberation Without Gods --
"Left Hand of God"-And the Right Way to Go About Winning Liberation --
Myth of the Truthfulness and Positive Role of Religious Myth --
Reason Has Not "Failed Us"-Reason Is Absolutely Necessary-Though, In Itself, It Is Not Enough --
Religious "Faith"-Let's Call It What It Is: Irrational --
God Does Not Exist-And There Is No Good Reason to Believe In God --
Religion as an Opiate of the People-And an Obstacle to Emancipation --
There Is No Such Thing As Unchanging, and Unchangeable, Human Nature --
Liberation Without Gods --
Praise for Other Works / Bob Avakian.
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"Bringing a revolutionary communist voice to the current discourse about god, atheism, and morality, this treatise demystifies religious belief and examines how, even in its most progressive interpretations, religion stands in the way of the emancipation of humanity. Addressing numerous questions--such as Is believing in gods actually harmful? How has Christianity served for centuries as an ideology of conquest and subjugation? Why is the "Bible Belt" in the U.S. also the "lynching belt?" and Why is patriarchy and the oppression of women foundational to so many religions?--this critique takes issue with long-established traditions and suggests the necessity to fully rupture with all forms of superstition and embrace a truly scientific approach to understanding and transforming reality. Bringing a unique revolutinary communist voice to the current discourse about god, atheism and morality, Avakian demystifies religious belief and examines how, even in his most progressive interpretations, religion stands in teh way fo the emancipation of humanity"--Publisher's description.

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