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Table of Contents
Part One: WHERE DID GOD COME FROM...AND WHO SAYS WE NEED GOD?
- "God Works in Mysterious Ways"
- A Cruel and Truly Monstrous God
- The 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 Two: CHRISTIANITY, JUDAISM, AND ISLAMó
ROOTED IN THE PAST, STANDING IN THE WAY OF THE FUTURE
- The 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"
- The Growth of Religion and Religious Fundamentalism: A Peculiar Expression of a Fundamental Contradiction
Part Three: RELIGION—A HEAVY, HEAVY CHAIN
- Religion, Patriarchy, Male Suprermacy and Sexual Repression
- The Bible Belt Is the Lynching Belt: Slavery, White Supremacy and Religion in America
- Christian Fascism and Genocide
- Religion, Fundamentalism, and the Slave Mentality
Part Four: GOD DOES NOT EXIST—WE NEED LIBERATION WITHOUT GODS
- The "Left Hand of God"—And the Right Way to Go About Winning Liberation
- The 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 Away With All Gods!
"Is religion far more harmful than it's worth? Away with All Gods!:
Unchaining the Mind and Radically Changing the World certainly believes
so. Calling out Religion as a roadblock to scientific, moral, and
political progress that oppresses people on terms of race, beliefs, and
gender, author Bob Avakian makes a call to action against all belief
systems that stand in the way of social progress and world peace,
stating that religion is not a necessary element to solid moral values
and peace of mind. Away with All Gods!: Unchaining the Mind and
Radically Changing the World is a must for any who seek a dissenting
opinion for religious studies shelves and for anyone who is
disillusioned with their God or gods."
— Midwest Book Review
"Whether readers enthusiastically embrace or reject its claims and arguments, Away With All Gods! is a book that cannot be ignored."
— Peter McLaren, Professor, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, University of California
"One needn't be a Marxist to learn a lot from this work. I especially like the forthright critique of the obfuscating epistemology of religion, and of religion's appalling consequences for women."
— Laura Purdy, Professor of Humanities and Professor of Philosophy, Wells College
"Forceful, scathing, and timely. While I did not personally agree with everything Bob Avakian has to say in this book, I found his arguments cogently articulated and provocatively put forth. Angry, humorous, provocative, and hopeful in equal measure, this was an enjoyable and engaging read."
— Phil Zuckerman, associate professor of sociology at Pitzer College
"Lots of people haven't actually studied what that Bible says. Bob Avakian has. He exposes the hypocritical bullshit...this book is serious reading."
— Eric G., former Black Panther member
"...may just spearhead a return to the Age of Reason."
— Harry Lennix, actor, instructor
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