The Final Superstition: A Critical Evaluation of the Judeo-Christian Legacy
“...covers almost every objection and issue that a non-believer could raise
--Dr. Gordon Stein
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--Prof. Delos McKown
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--Asst. Prof. Sharon Nichols
"...absolutely the best refutation that exists. (I know because I've read them all!)"
Our society continues to grapple with a host of complex socioeconomic issues such as the means of controlling population growth by means of contraception, sterilization, and abortion; terminating life through voluntary or involuntary euthanasia; diverse sexual proclivities such as premarital and extramarital sex, homosexuality; the fair distribution of income; environmental destruction and the responsibility of the present generation to future generations, etc. Traditional religions have staked out a dogmatic position on most of these issues and often sought to implement their positions through political involvement. The religious right has made major inroads in determining the platform for the Republican party and seeks to tear down the road of separation between church and state.
The Final Superstition shows that such an effort is nothing new. Claiming special knowledge of God's will, the Judeo-Christian religions (as well as other religions) have sought for three millennia or more to usurp the political process to further their theological ends.
This book is a comprehensive critique of all aspects of the Judeo-Christian legacy including:
- The origins of some of the most recent religions such as the Jehovah Witnesses, Seventh Day Adventists, Christian Science, and the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (Mormons), and what their history teaches us concerning the nature of religion and religious belief in general.
- The continuing efforts of fundamentalists and evangelists to wrest control of the political agenda in the U.S.
- How Catholicism rose to power and the political influence it exerts even today
- What we really know about Jesus, separating fact from fiction.
- The relationship between Christianity and the pre-Christian cults of the Gnostics and Essenes.
- The origins of both the New and Old Testaments and the linkage of the Bible stories to the ancient myths of Buddha, Krishna, Mithras, Zoroaster and the many other gods and goddesses of the ancient Greeks, Persians, Egyptians, Babylonians and Chaldeans
- A review of some of the teachings of the Bible to determine its value as a guide to ethical behavior
- An in-depth examination of the arguments for the existence of God.
- The psychological basis underlying all religious belief systems.
- Alternative methods of analyzing and resolving the moral issues of the 21st century.
Based upon research of the last two hundred years, The Final Superstition demonstrates that although reliance on ancient superstitions might provide individuals with comfort and solace, relying on ancient myths to provide answers to modern human dilemmas results in simplistic and dangerously erroneous solutions that often have resulted in great misery for humankind. The most recent example is the Catholic Church's relentless opposition to contraception in a world faced with devastating overpopulation.
Even today when science has demonstrated its efficacy in comprehending and solving the myriad of problems facing the human race, socioeconomic policies are heavily influenced by those myths which serve the interests of those who control organized religions. only by rejecting these ancient superstitions and relying upon the scientific method of analysis can we hope to formulate the policies necessary to preserve humankind in the centuries to come.
The Final Superstition is unique in both it thoroughness and comprehensibility. It takes on some of the most difficult subjects that are all but inaccessible to those not versed in theology, such as the arguments for God's existence. Cutting through the arcane jargon with clarity and wit, it exposes the glaring logical fallacies which two thousand years of spurious rationalizations by theologians have failed to correct.