Archive for Religion

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Diatribes, Volume 1: 50 Essays From a Godless Misanthrope

Do you occasionally suffer from bouts of rationality, cognizance and literacy? Are you constantly baffled by the failure of your fellow hominids to comprehend simple principles like evidence, statistical significance, confirmation bias and logic? Do your jaws ache from constantly holding your tongue in polite company? Do you find yourself tempted to stand on tables and scream “The bible also says rabbits chew their cud! That’s not an allegory and I’m not reading it out of context, you frothing nincompoops, it’s just wrong!”? Then this may be the book for you. The Scathing Atheist is a weekly podcast about religion that uses all the expletives the subject deserves. In...

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Nailed: Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed at All

Why would anyone think Jesus never existed? Isn't it perfectly reasonable to accept that he was a real first century figure? As it turns out, no. NAILED sheds light on ten beloved Christian myths, and, with evidence gathered from historians across the theological spectrum, shows how they point to a Jesus Christ created solely through allegorical alchemy of hope and imagination; a messiah transformed from a purely literary, theological construct into the familiar figure of Jesus - in short, a purely mythic Christ.

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God is Not Great: How Religion Destroys Everything

In the tradition of Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris's recent bestseller, The End of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion. With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts, he documents the ways in which religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos. With eloquent clarity, Hitchens frames the argument for a more secular life based on science and reason, in which hell is replaced by the Hubble Telescope's awesome view of the universe, and Moses and the burning bush give way to the beauty and...