Dangerous Illusions: How Religion Deprives Us Of Happiness

Dangerous Illusions: How Religion Deprives Us Of Happiness

By: Vitaly Malkin (author)Hardback

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Based on 10 years of dedicated research, Dangerous Illusions is a battle cry for the human race to throw off religion in favour of logic and reason. In this committed and passionate book, author Vitaly Malkin - a philanthropist, business man and investor - argues for a radical shift in humanity's thinking about religion; that reason and religion cannot co-exist, and that mankind will only be truly happy if we are able to shake off the illusions of religion in order to live a life more rooted in the present. Dangerous Illusions sets out to explore the irrational demands that religion makes of man and asks the reader to question what benefit these acts offer human beings in this life. Malkin scrutinises topics such as suffering and evil, pleasure and asceticism, sex and celibacy, and circumcision and excision, through the lens of the three major world monotheistic religions - Christianity, Islam and Judaism. In doing so, the book fearlessly refutes our most careless beliefs, encouraging us to be more aware of the dangers religions pose to our society and, even to change our intellectual practices altogether.

About Author

Vitaly Malkin is a Russian businessman and investor. He has been a physicist, banker and senator (from 2004 to 2013). Malkin became interested in philosophy and history of religion while engaged in his philanthropic activities for the Fondation Era and Fondation Espoir, and from his extensive travels around the world. Living now in Europe, Malkin has fully dedicated himself to writing and to continuing his work as a philanthropist.

Contents

Contents Chapter 1 - Reason or Chimeras Meet the Chimeras Reason or Faith In the Ancient World Reason Was A Superstar Homo Reliogiosus' Ascension, or, Brief History of the Decadence of Reason Why Do We Need Reason if We Have the Torah? Reason Will Not Bring You to Paradise The Quran Cannot Be Understood by Reason How One Can `See the Face of God' How Chimeras Poison Our Life What I Want to Say to You Chapter 2 - The Sovereign of Evil The Prince of this World Theodicy: I Am Not Evil Theodicy in Names and Images How Job Doubled His Assets Theodicy in Christianity: We Live in the Best of All Worlds Theodicy Today: How To Save God My View on Theodicy: Accusing God God Has Burnt in Auschwitz Chapter 3 - Hello Death, Our First Step Toward Heaven How to Die Well Death is the End of Everything In Search of Immortality The Taboo of Death A Time to Uproot What Was Planted A King in an Unmarked Grave The Religion of Death Memento Mori Hello Death, Our First Step Toward Heaven Chapter 4 - The Unbearable Joy of Suffering The Happiness of the Eternal Return Golden Age of Pleasure: When Suffering Was Evil Who Invented the One God God Likes to See You Suffer Man Is Born to Trouble On Suffering, the Best Friend of Christian Virtue Christian Suffering, as the Imitation of Christ Christian Suffering as a Means of Attaining Spirituality and Approaching God Suffering as Particular Grace, and Unearthly Joy Man's Sinfulness Is the Reason for Suffering Only a Life of Suffering Can Lead Man to the Church Suffering is Not in Vain Sacred Masochism and Death-bed Torments In the Land of the Blind, the One-Eyed Man is King, or, How the Cult of Suffering Emerged from the Cult of Weakness A Buddhist's Happiness Is in Renouncing Life Buddhism and Stoicism Buddhism and Christianity Suffering Is the Infidels Destiny Chapter 5 - The Great Battle Against Pleasure A Purely Jewish Story Pleasure and Needs: What Was Maslow Afraid Of? Why I Like Epicure I Am My Own God Gravedigger of the Ancient Ascetism Birth of Christian Ascetism Retreat from the World and Mortification of Flesh Body Care and Sport Condemnation of Decoration and Costumes Hatred for Feasts, Fun and Laughter Condemnation of Gluttony and Praise of Fasting The Ban on Sinful Thoughts Condemnation of Wealth and Praise of Poverty Ascetism Today Do the Act with the Fear of God How Buddha Ate Cow Dung A Pork Temptation Ascetics in Burkinis Monotheism and Ascetis Chapter 6 - Sex is God's Greatest Enemy An Unexpected Meeting with a True Christian Missionary Sex Before God Lust's Death Sentence, or, Where Did the Guilty Serpent Come From? The Downfall of the Ancient Phallus The Prophets Have Never Had Sex Islam: The Best Sex is in Paradise The Crucified Sex The Virgins Do Not Burn The Sweet Dream of the Immaculate Conception Christian Marriage, or a Divine Threesome Sex is God's Worst Enemy Return Our Lust to Us! Chapter 7 - Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods But Me The Saints or the Living The Saint Court Saint Anthony's Women The Hunchback, the Lame and the One-Eyed Will Never Be Saints A Paedophile Celibacy The Joys of Castration The Eunuchs for the Kingdom of Heaven's Sake Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods Before Me Chapter 8 - The Battle Against Onanism Sperm Rivers Two Romeos and One Juliette Hands Full of Blood A Three-Year-Old Wife If Your Hand Seduces You, Cut It Off A `Cynical Spasm': `Medics' and `Philosophers' Holy War Against Masturbation The Triumph of the Onanist

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781911350286
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 416
  • ID: 9781911350286
  • weight: 1305
  • ISBN10: 1911350285

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