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God & zijn demonen de Michael Parenti
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God & zijn demonen

de Michael Parenti (Autor)

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A noted author and activist brings his critical acumen and rhetorical skills to bear in this polemic against the dark side of religion. Unlike some popular works by stridently outspoken atheists, this is not a blanket condemnation of all believers. Rather the author's focus is the heartless exploitation of faithful followers by those in power, as well as sectarian intolerance, the violence against heretics and nonbelievers, and the reactionary political and economic collusion that has often prevailed between the upper echelons of church and state.   Parenti notes the deleterious effects of past theocracies and the threat to our freedoms posed by present-day fundamentalists and theocratic reactionaries. He discusses how socially conscious and egalitarian minded liberal religionists have often been isolated and marginalized by their more conservative (and better financed) coreligionists. Finally, he documents the growing strength of secular freethinkers who are doing battle against the intolerant theocratic usurpers in public life. Historically anchored yet sharply focused on the contemporary scene, this eloquent indictment of religion's dangers will be welcomed by committed secular laypersons and progressive religionists alike.… (més)
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This work purports to look at the negative effect of fundamentalist religion, and in fact, it does that, but not particularly well. The sections on theology and religious history are superficially researched, failing to include much of the relevant scholarship. Where the author discusses straight up information, such as numbers of incidents, he is clear and well researched; when the philosophical issues come in, he demonstrates shallow thinking, incomplete understanding, and poorly developed ideas. His discussion of science is also simplistic and in places is wrong, or at least misleading. He also starts out with the requisite disclaimer that this is not one of those atheist books that (fill in your favorite "not nice" thing to do here). In spite of that, the book sounds much like the other atheist books in tone, and besides, since almost all atheist books contain the same disclaimer, it would be helpful if they would give us a specific list of just who they are not like! There are a great many good books written on this topic; if I hadn't read so many of those, I might have included this in the grouping of good atheist books. If you're looking for a good solid discussion of the problems in religious history, you should look elsewhere. ( )
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A noted author and activist brings his critical acumen and rhetorical skills to bear in this polemic against the dark side of religion. Unlike some popular works by stridently outspoken atheists, this is not a blanket condemnation of all believers. Rather the author's focus is the heartless exploitation of faithful followers by those in power, as well as sectarian intolerance, the violence against heretics and nonbelievers, and the reactionary political and economic collusion that has often prevailed between the upper echelons of church and state.   Parenti notes the deleterious effects of past theocracies and the threat to our freedoms posed by present-day fundamentalists and theocratic reactionaries. He discusses how socially conscious and egalitarian minded liberal religionists have often been isolated and marginalized by their more conservative (and better financed) coreligionists. Finally, he documents the growing strength of secular freethinkers who are doing battle against the intolerant theocratic usurpers in public life. Historically anchored yet sharply focused on the contemporary scene, this eloquent indictment of religion's dangers will be welcomed by committed secular laypersons and progressive religionists alike.

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