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Everything You Know About God Is Wrong: The Disinformation Guide to Religion

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  644 ratings  ·  37 reviews

In the new mega-anthology from best-selling editor Russ Kick, more than fifty writers, reporters, and researchers invade the inner sanctum for an unrestrained look at the wild and wooly world of organized belief.

Richard Dawkins shows us the strange, scary properties of religion; Neil Gaiman turns a biblical atrocity story into a comic (that almost sent a publisher to pr

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Published (first published June 1st 2007)
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Keith Bowden
I'm almost finished with this, so I can start to talk about it. This is a collection of many different essays (and one comic story) about various religions, factions of religions, details in religious literature (Bible, Q'uran), art and some truly fucked up people doing crazy things in the name of religion or in the name of greed. I wish it had the normal dimensions of a regular book, though. (Although Neil Gaiman & Steve Gibson's comic was already reduced in size; it would have been really ...more
Well. Where to start?

Some of the essays included in this were interesting; in fact, most were thought-provoking and worthwhile. There were a couple though...whew. Oh my God (pun intended).
Paper tigers created? check
Facile arguments? check
Mispronounced words? check ("KapperNYAYum" for "Capernaum"? Really?)

I'm becoming increasingly annoying that when people argue about "Christians" or "religion" the Typical Christian/Religious Person is a completely unethical moron. Sure, there are moronic and amo
Dysphasiatic Gremlin Grrl
I was afraid this would be an endless screed against Christianity but was delighted to find it peppered with scholarly articles covering many topics within several religions. Don't get me wrong, it is heavily weighted with Christianity, and there is a smattering of snark to be found, but I learned interesting things about Buddhism, doomsday cults, and even the use of feces and urine in the ceremonies of different religions.

Some of the articles I found myself skimming through, more out of lack of
Let me begin by stating that this book, as a whole, does NOT deserve the two stars given. The whole is less than the sum of its parts. Four chapters are worth reading. Those chapters are worthy of a four or five star review, but the rest is vacuous drivel used to fill out a couple hundred useless pages.

The first good bit is a refutation of the idea that the US is a Christian nation. While I found this chapter quite interesting, detailed, and well argued it has nothing to do with the title of th
This book isn't about whether god is real or not, but rather about why a nation can not and should not be ran by our religious faiths. It brings together different essays that point out the many different happening under the name of religion around the world. It doesn't focus on one religion being better than the other, nor does it lay fault on religion at a whole but rather by pointing out the faults of many different religions pulling from mere facts, written within scripture, as well as histo ...more
Like all anthologies, some parts are better than others. The strongest sections in this were by James Haught, Douglas Rushkoff, Sam Jordison and Greta Christina.
Words can not describe how much I hated this book. The proper title should be, "talking shit about religion, but mostly Christianity, in a way that is supposed to be amusing and hip but is just annoying", or something. I can count the number of interesting, well written essay included here on one hand. I was hoping to learn something; instead, I just got dumped on by a bunch of people who clearly have issues with organized religion. Though I did learn that I'm not actually agnostic- I'm an athei ...more
Due to the fact that this book is a collection of articles by many different authors it was too inconsistent for me to find enjoyable. Some of the articles were top notch with lots of good information and insight. Other articles were so boring that I found myself screaming, who the hell cares?!?! This was especially true of the more acute subject matter articles. They were almost too specialized for general consumption. Other articles seemed to have no point or relevance and I often wondered why ...more
Extensively researched & documented. Dispensing with theory and dogma, this book goes where wise men have often feared to tread. How the big 3 religions curse their enemies...the thinly veiled anti-Semitism in the LEFT BEHIND novels. That the songwriter who wrote "God Bless America" was an atheist. That Mozart, Beethoven, Mark Twain, Albert Einstein, Strauss, Scott Joplin, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, were either atheists or non-religious humans. Details, anecdotes and "insider information".. ...more
I'll be honest - I didn't finish this book. It's a large collection of essays, and they really vary in quality. There's a quite good one on religion and the (US) Founding Fathers. There are also awful ones, like the pages and pages prepared in an investigation of pedophile Catholic priests. It's not that the investigation wasn't important, but the result is something that most people do not need or want to read (unless you believe - as some of the parents did - that priests are incapable of awfu ...more
April (The Steadfast Reader)
Not a bad collection of essays on religion and spirituality. Like all collections there are some really good essays and some really bad ones. I would recommend skipping the last section of the book as it is poorly written and doesn't even attempt to be objective.

The book presents a good cross-section for the Big Five religions.

Try it.
Great book at times. Some of the articles are kind of long in the tooth. I really enjoyed the part on Founding Fathers and how they were not forming a Christian Nation and the 10 Commandments in politics. The blog articles from Iran were quite fascinating and eye opening.
So far, this book has a lot of information in it that I've never read anywhere else before. It's not like a novel or anything of that nature. It's more like a compilation of essays written from various perspectives. Very interesting so far
Jun 03, 2012 Melody marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Wow. I suck at keeping up with non-fiction, even if it is awesome. I guess I will shelf this until I'm less busy with work and actual reality. So far, it was great, though. I just suck at non-fiction. :)
Jim Jewell
Fun, interesting collection of essays on religion. Some good, some meh, as expected. Rushkoff's in there, so, y'know, I had to.

This would have been my favorite coffee table book when I was an undergrad.
As with all essay collections, some of these are very good and some are less good. On the whole, it's worth reading (the discussion of the origin of the gospels is particularly interesting).
Elise Love
Wow- I learned lots form this book. Worth reading again. Consists of short articles by different people, many well-known, with differing perspectives but all are open-minded, as I recall.
I had high hopes for a clear concise well written book about the evils of organized religion and instead I got a poorly written convoluted mess that made little to no sense. A huge disappointment.
The summary of the Grand Jury report on the coverups of pedophile priests is stunning in its detail and horrifying. There is a graphic novel type chapter that will be very offensive to some.
I was excited to read this book, but was a little disappointed by the text-bookness of it.
It covers all religion and is fascinating. But it is also a little more sexy than I expected...
Meh, good arguments but a boring book overall, some parts were interesting but it was basically twenty different authors trying to hammer down the same nail into your brain
Oct 14, 2007 Gentlyferal marked it as reserve-in-person  ·  review of another edition
A "hostile witness"; but I want to see what it says about The Church of St. John Coltrane.
Trust me, it's not what you think it's about. It's more of a critique of organized religion and not thinking through your life choice.
This book was kind of a grab bag of religious facts and information, some more interesting than others. Truly enjoyed being disinformed.
Tracy Keech
I really liked this - even Richard Dawkins' essay was a good read. Not as rabid a book as the title would lead you to believe.
So far, I'm loving this book... it's more a reference of articles and grand jury decisions than a linear argument.
Aug 22, 2009 Shinynickel marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This one looks muckrackey and a little "Ooooh, look at the crazies," but a few of the essays look interesting.
Jeff Sharlet
"Broward County," a chapter Peter Manseau and I wrote for Killing the Buddha, is reproduce here.
What I do know, is that with the exception of one or two of the essays, this was God-awful.
Karen S
Number of essays from various sources, some interesting, some not so . . . .
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Editor of the website The Memory Hole which publishes and archives hidden US government documents, including scientific studies and reports, civil rights-related reports, intelligence and covert action reports.

He is also editor-at-large for The Disinformation Company, where he has published several books including The Book of Lists and 50 Things You're Not Supposed to Know.
More about Russ Kick...
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“The Catholic Inquisition is well-known for its persecutions, but the Protestants were no better. An infamous example of Protestant evil, an example given by Thomas Jefferson, is the execution of Michael Servetus. A Spanish physician, Servetus wrote that the doctrine of the Trinity makes no sense, that it contradicts the idea that there is only one God. Servetus was condemned to die by the Catholic Inquisition, but he wasn't present, so they couldn't kill him. He had fled to Protestant Switzerland, expecting to be protected there. Instead, the city leaders in Geneva, with the approval of John Calvin (one of the great fathers of Protestant thought) and other Protestant leaders across Europe, had Servetus burned alive (with green wood to give him longer to repent) in 1553.” 0 likes
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