In the twenty-first century, religion is making a comeback, bringing in its wake extremism of all kinds. From Christian anti-abortion campaigns to suicide bombers claiming the righteousness of Islam, we are witnessing a resurgence of fundamentalism. Michel Onfray's response to the threat of a post-modern theocracy is to lay down the principles of an authentic atheism: exposing the fiction that is God, he proposes instead a new philosophy of reason that celebrates life and humanity.
In Defence of Atheism demonstrates that organised religion is motivated by worldly, historical and political power; that the three dominant monotheisms - Christianity, Islam and Judaism - exhibit the same hatred of women, reason, the body, the passions; that religion denies life and glorifies death. Onfray exposes some uncomfortable truths: Judaism invented the extermination of a people; Jesus never existed historically; Christianity was enforced with extreme violence by Constantine; Islam is anti-Semitic, misogynist, warlike and incompatible with the values of a modern democracy.
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 184 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 16 mm
[A] powerful attack on organised religion * Esquire *
Superior to anything English-speaking writers have published on the subject. -- John Gray * Guardian *
Like an ice-cold blast from a high-pressure hose, Michel Onfray, France's Richard Dawkins, will cleanse your brain of lingering orthodox cobwebs whether you like it or not. So simple is the language, so innocently sincere his conviction, that this precise and often very funny deconstruction of Christianity, Judaism and Islam should delight readers on all sides of the religious divide. * Sunday Express *
A wonderful, invigorating blast of sanity delivered against the fog of high-toned mumbo-jumbo we have to endure everywhere today. -- William Boyd * TLS Books of the Year *