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

Based on 10 years of dedicated research, Dangerous Illusions is a battle cry for the human race to throw off religion in favor 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 scrutinizes 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.

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.

What the press have said about this book...

“Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, ‘Dangerous Illusions: How Religion Deprives Us of Happiness’ is an iconoclastic and philosophical tour-de-force from beginning to end.”Midwest Book Review

“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.”Faithless Feminist

“Russian billionaire Malkin sets out to explore the irrational demands of religion, scrutinizing such topics as asceticism, celibacy, evil, pleasure, sex, and suffering.”Publishers Weekly