Dangerous Illusions How Religion Deprives Us of Happiness

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Vitaly Malkin

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Arcadia Books
Territory: USA & Canada
Size: 7 in x 9.5 in
Pages: 416
Illustrations: 90 color

RRP $30.00

  • A topical work echoing contemporary debates on religion
  • Targeted at amateur philosophers as well as first-time essay readers
  • Illustrated with a rich selection of images
  • Comparable authors include Michel Onfray, Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins and Pascal Boyer
  • International editions published in France, Spain, Italy, Israel, Germany and the UK; chosen as a WHSmith's book of the week in the UK

Exceptionally well written, organized and presented an iconoclastic, tour-de-force from beginning to end." - Midwest Book Review.

Vitaly Malkin - philanthropist, businessman, investor - shares a decade of research on the evolution of religion in his meticulous and impassioned Dangerous Illusions, arguing that religion's long-standing clash with reason has led to violence, masochism, oppression, and misery. Dangerous Illusions examines what Malkin believes are religion's illusory foundations, calling on his readers to question religion's value in a society as advanced as ours. Malkin tackles issues like suffering and evil, pleasure and asceticism, and sex and celibacy, through the lens of the three major monotheistic religions - Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. Dangerous Illusions fearlessly refutes some of our most archaic beliefs, encouraging all of us - even the agnostic-leaning - to be more aware of the dangers that religion poses to our happiness and collective intellectual advancement.

Malkin ultimately lays out an accessible and convincing case for the human race to reject the 'chimera' that religion is in favor of logic and reason if only to live a happier life in the present.

With editions in France, Spain, Italy, Israel, Germany, the UK, and the US, Malkin's meticulously researched Dangerous Illusions has made its mark as a valuable resource in the recently resurrected discourse around atheism.

"Malkin's book, while meticulously researched and written in great depth, is very accessible to the average reader. I would challenge you to buy a copy and share it with those friends and family members who might be willing to learn and reason." - Karen Garst, PhD Faithless Feminist.

Contents: Reason or Chimeras; The Sovereign of Evil; Hello Death, Our First Step Toward Heaven; The Unbearable Joy of Suffering; The Great Battle Against Pleasure; Sex is God's Greatest Enemy; Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods But Me; The Battle Against Onanism.

Vitaly Malkin (born 16 September 1952) 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.