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Traité d'athéologie : physique de la métaphysique

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Not since Nietzsche has a work so groundbreaking and explosive appeared, to question the role of the world's three major monotheistic religions. If Nietzsche proclaimed the death of God, French philosopher Michel Onfray starts from the premise that not only is God still very much alive but increasingly controlled by fundamentalists who pose a danger to the human race.

282 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by Grasset (first published January 26th 2005)
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Jul 04, 2011 Mike rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My beef with the book is not that he is atheist, or militantly so. So what. Smart and militant atheists are in ever-increasing supply these days, so it's hardly a shock to read their work. This is just not a good book. The blurb says that this book is "tightly argued." It is hardly argued at all. It is asserted. Assertion after assertion goes unsupported by evidence or reasoning. I'm telling you, my respect for philosophy as an enterprise--especially when compared to folks who make a ...more
Lee Holz
Mar 02, 2012 Lee Holz rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
“Atheist Manifesto” is more than a bit disappointing although the subtitle “The Case Against Christianity, Judaism, and Islam” accurately describes the book. What author Onfray is against and why is abundantly clear. What he advocates and why are much less so, or at least the arguments are unexamined.
Onfray’s “case against” rests on several grounds: (a) belief in God is irrational and not grounded in reality; (b) the three great monotheistic religions are focused on the hereafter to the detrimen
"Comme bien souvent le psychanalyste soigne autrui pour mieux éviter d’ avoir à sinterroger trop longuement sur ses propes fragilités, le vicaire des Dieux monothéistes impose son monde pour se convertir plus sûrement jour aprés jour".

"Lathéisme nest pas une thérapie mais une santé mentale recouvrée"*.

Some time (2013) ago I had written some reflections about Onfray’s criticism on Psychoanalysis. They follow next….because they approach religion as well. They serve as an introduction to my approa
Mostafa Saad
Jul 09, 2013 Mostafa Saad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
انتهيت توا من كتاب (نفي اللاهوت) للمفكر الفرنسي ميشيل أونفري.. بغض النظر مؤقتا عن مضمون الكتاب نفسه - وهو مضمون أتحفظ على عدة أشياء فيه بشدة لكنه جدير بالاهتمام والقراءة عدة مرات ويصعب مناقشته في بوست عابر كهذا - أقول: بغض النظر عن المضمون: أعجبني بشدة جرأة الكاتب على اقتحام أفكار مخالفة لفكره ..الرجل –مع ملاحظة كونه ملحدا- يوصي بقراءة مقالات لابن باز وبمراجعة التلمود والبحث في القرآن والأناجيل.. يقول مثلا في ببليوغرافيا المراجع عن أحد كتب آية الله الخميني :( كتاب مبادئ لكل حكومة إسلامية ولكل حك ...more
Susan Wood
Onfray is a contemporary philosopher and writer. Even so, this book is quite readable ;-).

His writing style is almost conversational, at times argumentative and punctuated with ironic interjections. It took me a couple of a chapters to get used to it, to ensure that I wasn't misreading his point.

If I dare to distill his argument, it would be this: Humanity's current struggle between secular and non-secular ideologies is evidence that we are transitioning into a post-Christian era. But most often
Jordan Lari
Sep 04, 2007 Jordan Lari rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
I do not exaggerate at all when I say that I think this might be the most important book that's been published this century. For me, it was like finally reading through the exact system of beliefs that I've held for my entire life, but written down in a logical order, such that their validity and logic cannot be questioned. And though the revolution may not yet have won, if you look at the success of this book combined with the success of Sam Harris' "The End of Faith," and Dawkins' "The God Del ...more
Jan 27, 2009 Nat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The translation from the French makes for reading that is a little labored at times, but worth the effort. In terms of the recent flood of atheist manifestos, this one stands out as being particularly critical of the three monotheistic religions. A no-holds-barred, scathing criticism on monotheism. One of the things I learned was how the Church influenced who and who was not 'remembered' as part of the Enlightenment. Only the critics that were gentler seem to have made in into the mainstream of ...more
Jun 16, 2011 Lynley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 authors make use of more exclamation marks? I feel this style of writing detracts from any argument, especially when compared unavoidably with the cold logic of Richard Dawkins.

I considered abandoning the book, but flipped further forward to see if my interest would take hold, and I did end up readin
Jonathan Karmel
Talk about preaching to the converted! This book didn't make any case against Christianity, Judaism and Islam. The author must believe that his opinions are true just because he has read a lot of books, has a large vocabulary and is extremely sardonic.

This book mainly makes fun of the three major, monotheistic religions by making a bunch of sarcastic remarks to indicate that religion has been used to justify a lot of terrible things throughout history and the sacred texts cannot literally be tru
May 13, 2009 Andreea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book overall with excellent, solid points to support not only atheism but the idea of religion (in particular, the three main monotheistic religions) as being oppressive on numerous levels. The book includes historical and textual evidence to support the claims and hypotheses made and is not an account built on personal opinion alone.

As a theist, I made a promise to myself to leave all bias aside when reading this book and attempt not to take things personally. Onfray's language can get a
منن نصار
بقدر إطلاعي فيما سبق عن قضايا التوحيد والإلحاد من وجهة نظر مؤمنة .. قدرت أفند بعض حججه (بعضها مستفز جدا .. جدا)
وبقدر نقاط ضعف المعرفة الإيمانية لدي .. أثار البعض الآخر من قناعاته تساؤلاتي

لم أجد فيه ما يزعزع الإيمان بقدر ما هو يحث على المزيد من البحث فيما لا أعرف

دون الحديث عن تلك الآراء سواء التي أقتنعت بعكسها أو تلك التي أثارت حيرتي ..
تشغلني كثيرا مسألة (اتمنى أن اتمكن من البحث فيها قريبا) العيوب الموجودة في ديانتنا الخاصة من مغالطات تاريخية أو تحريفات .. ربما، كمسلمين، نعرف عن تحريفات الديان
Daniel Solera
Apr 06, 2009 Daniel Solera rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion
I wasn't too thrilled with this book, not because of its subject matter, but because of the way in which it was written. I like my non-fiction to be structured, succinctly delivered and substantiated by data. Michel Onfray's "Atheist Manifesto" is not a "God Delusion" (Dawkins) or an "Atheist Universe" (Mills), in that it is meant to be read like a philosophical treatise, and not a systematic examination of religious practices. It also doesn't help that I read a translation from the French.

Sam Berner
Aug 10, 2011 Sam Berner rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own
A book without footnotes and a bibliography is not an academic exercise, but an opinion piece. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. But I don't find the hysteria appealing, especially from someone arguing a rational point of view. Too many adjectives, too much repetition.
Dec 30, 2011 Vanni rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I found the Atheist Manifesto tiresomely repetitive and probably mean and nasty. As an atheist I have to say I'm glad this books out there and I especially found the section on Paul interesting and worthwhile, BUT on a whole it lacks finesse and versatility in the argumentation.
Australian Atheist
Aug 17, 2008 Australian Atheist rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: To all those willing to be enlightened
Reality - beautiful elegant and succinct
Mohsin AL Hadhrami
’’ إنّ كبت الحياة يولّد حب الموت ‘‘

من كتاب نفي اللاهوت لـ ميشيل أونفري، ص221
Danial Tanvir
Mar 05, 2017 Danial Tanvir rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book by french writer Michel Onfray.
i read it many years ago and now i read it again in a few days time.
this book is just brilliant and i liked it.
it is one of the best books i have read and it is a hard book to read.
it is about Atheism and about God.
i have read it two times and it should be read again and again.
it talks about Friedrich Nietzsche and it asks the question "is God dead or alive"? the question is still unanswered.

he talks about different things like the bad things done in
Al Bità
Feb 20, 2013 Al Bità rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s all rather simple, really: there are no gods.

Trying to get this simple message across, however, has not always been simple. In general, people have become so used to having the familiar figures of their gods so imbedded and integrated into their lives that emotionally they cannot seem to shake themselves out of their stupors: they feel a loss of identity, of culture, of difference, of rituals, of all those things that they have been taught are the essentials to their various faiths. They se
I'm not usually one to complain about books written for the high brow crowd, but damn, the writing style in Atheist Manifesto is exclusionary--positively "ivory tower," if you will. Not up to date on your world philosophers, revolutions, or far-flung historical figures? Boy, are you going to be lost, because hardly a page goes by, without a reference to some conquest, or philosophical school of thought, or what have you, rarely with any sort of aside to fill you in if you aren't familiar with a ...more
This is a brilliant but hyperbolically written book in need of a fact checker. Onfray provides a brilliant insight into the nature of religious belief as an expression of the death instinct, into the nature of theocracy, into the origins of Christianity in Pauline inadequacy made universal, into the obsession with purity that mars the relation of believers to this worldly life, to the body, and to women. He describes how even our secularism and atheism is profoundly Christian- it carries forward ...more
Mar 01, 2009 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Michel Onfray must be a reason that American Christians do not like the French. Take Sam Harris and George Smith (both atheist writers) and add a bit of French snobbery and you've got Onfray. This book is not altogether thorough, but presents its material, if not completely fairly, at least fairly credibly. It is not too long (245 pgs), but combs through quite a bit of material. It is a great introduction to many atheistic theories and viewpoints concerning religious belief. Onfray divides his t ...more
Jun 25, 2009 Charlie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 25, 2011 Catherine rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
As an atheist, I don't view this as an Atheist Manifesto at all. It is far from "tightly argued" and reads more like an angry blog. He attempts to make several "points," but he does almost no further exploration of any of them. The book feels very shallow to me, and I certainly wouldn't recommend it to anyone by way of defending or supporting my atheism. I'd expect an Atheist Manifesto to provide in-depth reasoning behind the rejection of religious dogma and not simply a long list of (albeit wel ...more
Al-waleed Kerdie
كتاب رائع من ميشيل أونفري يذهب به بعيدا بتفكيك الديانات السماوية الثلاث, متعمقا في اليهودية و المسيحية بشكل خاص و بشكل أقل الإسلام, أسلوب فلسفي جميل جدا مستزيدا بالدلائل و القرائن
Philippe Malzieu
300,000 specimens for that. To my knowledge no religion exert in France a sufficient magister to endanger the Republic. Such a pulling can only leave perplexed.
In a surprising way, Onfray is undoubtedly the philosopher more listened in Ftance.
He had published a "contre-histoire" of the philosophy which, even if I do not share his opinion is relevant. He's gauchist, he has some style and he writes well. I think there is the principals reasons of his success. The troubles start when he is interes
Hanan Kat
Mar 02, 2014 Hanan Kat rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Atheists are a dime a dozen and preach the same ideology, yet Onfray manages to come out looking the worst. He asserts (emphasis on assertion, which is neither an argument nor a truth, yet he thinks it is.) that God is irrational, therefore not based on reality... but to him atheism is! (How so? since the same arguments that could be made to discredit the existence of God, could easily be made to discredit his non existence). And somebody should probably tell him that the ''bad use'' of religion ...more
Jun 26, 2012 Plucino rated it really liked it
Shelves: religion, philosophy
Il est difficile de donner un jugement définitif sur ce livre.
Surtout après avoir examiné les commentaires en italien sur aNobii, beaucoup d'athées sont en désaccord avec l'approche agressive d'Onfray. Des anobien(ne)s critiquent le livre d'être trop simpliste, d'autres d'être trop difficile.
Comme impression personnelle: Onfray ne fait rien pour gagner la sympathie du lecteur!
Il est trop "classe supérieure intellectuelle", normalien etc., pour être vraiment divulgatif, et je crains qu'il n'aie
Ioannis Apostolopoulos
" Τη στιγμή που διαγράφεται στον ορίζοντα η ύστατη μάχη –χαμένη κιόλας – για την υπεράσπιση των αξιών του διαφωτισμού ενάντια στις μαγικές προτάσεις, πρέπει να προαγάγουμε μια μεταχριστιανική κοσμική σκέψη, ήτοι, άθεη, στρατευμένη και ριζικά αντίθετη σε κάθε επιλογή κοινωνίας μεταξύ δυτικού Ιουδαιοχριστιανισμού και Ισλαμισμού που τον αντιμάχεται.
Ούτε Βίβλος ούτε Κοράνιο. Από τους ραβίνους, τους παπάδες, τους ιμάμηδες, τους αγιατολάχ και λοιπούς μουλάδες, επιμένω να προτιμώ το φιλόσοφο. Από όλες
Toni Daugherty
Dec 28, 2008 Toni Daugherty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first glance, I thought, "Oh, Michel Onfray, what possibly could this book say? How can an Atheist have a manifesto? Atheists are the one people who would not harm you for their God, for they have none." Since Onfray is France's leading philosopher, I just had to read this book. Now, I see why it is good to at least open the discussion.
(Only for the religiously courageous.)
Atheeb Rahman
Harsh, polemic, rude, angry, rebellious and without many references. A dismissive dissection of the monotheistic cousin faiths. I liked it. He has a point.
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Michel Onfray is a French philosopher. Born to a family of Norman farmers, he graduated with a Ph.D. in philosophy. He taught this subject to senior students at a technical high school in Caen between 1983 and 2002, before establishing what he and his supporters call the Université populaire de Caen, proclaiming its foundation on a free-of-charge basis, and the manifesto written by Onfray in 2004 ...more
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