Revolution #158, March 8, 2009
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¡FUERA CON TODOS LOS DIOSES! Desencadenando la mente y cambiando radicalmente el mundo
AWAY WITH ALL GODS! Unchaining the Mind and Radically Changing the World
About the Book
Is believing in gods actually harmful? How has Christianity for centuries served as an ideology of conquest and subjugation? Why is the “Bible Belt” in the U.S. also the “lynching belt”? Why is there a rise of religious fundamentalism throughout the world? In the intensifying conflict between U.S. imperialism and Islamic fundamentalism, is the only choice to take one side or the other? Why is patriarchy and the oppression of women foundational to so many religions? Can people be good without god? These are just some of the questions explored in this provocative work by Bob Avakian.
Bringing a unique revolutionary communist voice to the current discourse about god, atheism and morality, Avakian demystifies religious belief and examines how, even in its most progressive interpretations, religion stands in the way of the emancipation of humanity. A thread deeply woven throughout Away With All Gods! is the need to fully rupture with all forms of superstition, and to take up instead a truly scientific approach to understanding and transforming reality.
Whether you believe in god, or are an agnostic or an atheist, Bob Avakian will challenge you with his powerful critique of long-established traditions and his liberating vision of a radically different world.
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“Let’s get our hands on this book by Bob Avakian, to enrich our hermeneutic thinking and to shed light in these dark times of brutal capitalism. Bob Avakian’s book is a book whose truth will make us freer.”
—Dr. Fausto Trejo F. ,
Psychiatrist and psychotherapist. Former professor of Psychiatry at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma del Estado de México. Former Director of the Department of Vocational Guidance at the Instituto Politécnico Nacional in Mexico.
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“Forceful, scathing, and timely. While I did not personally agree with everything Bob Avakian has to say in this book, I found his arguments cogently articulated and provocatively put forth. Angry, humorous, provocative, and hopeful in equal measure, this was an enjoyable and engaging read.”
Associate Professor of Sociology, Pitzer College
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“…necessary, critical and timely…”
—John Hutnyk, Professor,
Academic Director, Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London
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