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Wir brauchen keinen Gott. Warum man jetzt Atheist sein muß

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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.
Paperback, 319 pages
Published 2006 by Piper (first published January 26th 2005)
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Jul 04, 2011 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 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 de
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-Chris
Jordan Lari
Sep 04, 2007 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
Sam Berner
Aug 10, 2011 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.
Jun 16, 2011 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 e
May 13, 2009 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
Jan 27, 2009 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
Daniel Solera
Apr 06, 2009 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.
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 lite
Mar 01, 2009 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
Dec 30, 2011 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.
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.
Australian Atheist
Aug 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: To all those willing to be enlightened
Reality - beautiful elegant and succinct
C. Varn
Michel Onfray has been linked to the new atheists and his assertive style in the arguments against Christianity, Judaism, and Islam makes that make some sense, but this "manifesto" is more interesting and smart in where Onfray differs: first, Onfray removes Spinoza and the pantheists as well as Epicureanism from the new atheist claims of them being atheists and lays modern atheism at the feed of the early Enlightenment. Furthermore, more like Nietzsche and less like Dawkins, Onfray is bothered b ...more
Danial Tanvir
Mar 05, 2017 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 ab
Al Bità
Feb 20, 2013 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 fai
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 particular nam ...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
Sep 25, 2011 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
Jun 25, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Toni Daugherty
Dec 28, 2008 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.)
Apr 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
God is not really dead, as unfortunate as it sounds. We are just so imbibed with its episteme' that all attemps so far to disengage from forms of thoughts relinquishing traditional religion has practically gone little far. Our health needs a much freer and more radical mental struggle to clear out our culture from the insidious treat of submissive systems of ideas.
Michel Onfray hereby propose his own passionate and argumentative call to duty for atheism. Pure atheism, not a faithful or dis
Sep 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a devastating indictment of the world's three monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. According to the author, all three religions, with their focus on an afterlife, focus their believers on death and preparation for living in paradise at the expense of living in the here and now.

The author shows that all three religions are misogynistic - starting with the opening chapters of Genesis, when Eve (an afterthought of God after having created Adam) takes a b
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 i
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Mar 02, 2014 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
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This Frenchman, a philosopher of note, knows his onions and yes, that is a pretty bad joke. Rather wordy at times but I like that. He still manages, with some snappy prose that wedges slabs of arguable fact, into his assertion. He not only decries organised religion, outlining its historical misdemeanour's, but also its clinging, warped pseudo morals that run like tramlines of convention through modern society. In other words even with atheism on the rise we are still trapped by its insidious do ...more
Blair Hodgkinson
This is a riveting (if a little disjointed) vivisection of the three main religions of the world. It points out their many inconsistencies and moral shortcomings, vividly portrays both their similarities and their irreconcilability. The author takes a stand for reason and issues a call to arms for a new post-monotheist secularism to fight the rising tide of religious extremism. This was written in the early years of the War on Terror, and so it spends much time on the rise of Islamic extremism, ...more
Very interesting book. Although I am sympathetic to his views, I had some problems with this book. Onfray's tone throughout is sarcastic and nasty and very angry. That was distracting, even if I myself may feel the same way. Also, he supplied no footnotes or sources to support his statements. It's not that I doubt they are true (I heard some of it before) but I would have liked to have followed up with my own research. The chapters that dealt with how Judeo-Christian religious thinking formed th ...more
Eduardo Arias
Jul 20, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For me, this will be a memorable book. While the author's angry tone/voice was difficult to read through at times, it ultimately served well to make "the case".

Most important to me, was that the book was foremost philosophical, and than historical. Similar books I've read do well to make their point with tangible evidence, but too few really go into the ethical implications of a [Yahweh/God/Allah]-less, religion-less culture, history and world.

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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
“The three monotheism share a series of identical forms of aversion: hatred of reason and intelligence; hatred of freedom; hatred of all books in the name of one book alone; hatred of sexuality, women,and pleasure; hatred of feminine; hatred of body, of desires, of drives. Instead Judaism, Christianity, and Islam extol faith and belief, obedience and submission, taste for death and longing for the beyond, the asexual angel and chastity, virginity and monogamous love, wife and mother, soul and spirit. In other words, life crucified and nothingness exalted.” 43 likes
“How strange that excision – female circumcision, with several languages using the same term for both kinds of mutilation – of little girls should revolt the westerner but excite no disapproval when it is performed on little boys. Consensus on the point seems absolute. But ask your interlocutor to think about the validity of this surgical procedure, which consists of removing a healthy part of a nonconsenting child’s body on nonmedical grounds – the legal definition of… mutilation.” 9 likes
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