The Profits of Religion
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The Profits of Religion

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This excoriating critique of religion, especially as represented by powerful clerical institutions, is a lesser-known work by the author who had earlier become famous with his publication of The Jungle, an exposT of the poor labor conditions and unsanitary practices in Chicago's meat-packing industry. More than just a tirade against religion, this is the work of an impassi...more
Paperback, 315 pages
Published November 1st 2000 by Prometheus Books (first published July 1st 1970)
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Laura Lee
Sinclair is a passionate and articulate advocate, and I enjoy his rhetoric on behalf of working people and against social inequality. The main thrust of his argument, however, is that religion, as it now exists, (or more accurately as it then existed) is nothing more than a tool used to keep the oppressed from rising up against a wealthy class that the religious leaders represent.

It is an argument that I might have found compelling in my youth. In fact, when I was in high school I wrote a cheeky...more
An excellent discussion of the $$ behind religion and how it controls individuals in order to push them down a particular path. Though written before 1920 (and self-published by the author because there was no other way to get it into print), this book is spot-on currently and is a MUST-READ for anyone who has been a member of organized religion(s).
There's a bit of casual anti-Semitism that bothers me quite a bit, but this is a no-holds-barred attack on religion as a fraud that enriches the privileged, and perpetuates human ignorance.
I skimmed through towards the end. It started off ok , but got weird and boring later and repetitious
The good thing is you can download it for free online
Joshua Jackson
Known mostly for his "muckraking" novel "The Jungle," Sinclair was a versatile and prolific writer and political activist. "The Profits of Religion"
I enjoyed it, and was not hard to read or understand.
One of my favorite books of all time.
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Upton Beall Sinclair, Jr. was an American author who wrote close to one hundred books in many genres. He achieved popularity in the first half of the twentieth century, acquiring particular fame for his classic muckraking novel, The Jungle (1906). It exposed conditions in the U.S. meat packing industry, causing a public uproar that contributed in part to the passage a few months later of the 1906...more
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