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The Final Superstition
As we approach the 21st century our society continues to grapple with a host of complex socio-economic issues such as population control, voluntary and involuntary euthanasia, in-vitro and ex-vitro fertilization, homosexuality, and pornography. Traditional religions have staked out positions on most of these issues and have sought to determine the political response. The r ...more
Hardcover, 490 pages
Published August 1st 1994 by Prometheus Books
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If I had my way, this would be required reading for all high school students! This book covers it all: how Judaism and Christianity stole their tenets and holidays from prior myths and pagan religions, their political motives, the atrocities commited in God's name, the flawed arguements that the Bible should be the source of ethical values...it's incredible. I've read a lot of books on apologetics and atheism, and this is the best.
What a provacative, insightful, well researched book!! This book was required reading for a U. C. Berkeley Religions of the World class my son was enrolled in. We had many a heated discussion about this class and this book when he was a student there, I being in the throes of a fundamentalist religion and he the budding intellectual. It educated me in ways I will forever be indebted to the author for. (It only took me two years to actually be brave enough to pick it up and read it as nice little ...more
This book is absolutely fabulous! This was the first book I read when I started questioning my Christianity, and I found it more than revealing. I read this book slow, and made tons of notes. It is a great place to begin when faced with skepticism. Joseph handles many Christian claims, and makes it very clear where he stands. I found some later chapters lagging, but the bang from the beginning keeps you trucking. His research is impeccable, and he is honest. I recommend this book to EVERYONE, bu ...more