Away With All Gods!
Unchaining the Mind and Radically Changing the World
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"What most distinguishes Avakian's Away With All Gods from other much publicized books of this kind, such as those by Dawkins, Harris, and Hitchens, is the direct connection Avakian makes between combating religious fundamentalism and promoting a radical political agenda. Avakian is also to be commended not only for combining his religious freethinking with an endorsement of the modern Enlightenment tradition, but also for providing a sober warning against 'the smug arrogance of the enlightened.' Anyone who has read any of the other books mentioned above should also take the time to read this one."
—Allen Wood, author of Karl Marx and Kantian Ethics
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Review from Synergy Magazine
"Away with All Gods! is a powerful and erudite critique of religion and superstition and a rousing call to place our trust in reason and the scientific method....Unusual for an atheist work and in marked difference to works of Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins Avakian went further to explore the way in which religion is used to sustain the status quo and as a reactionary force by political power mongers...He stands against not only religion and superstition but for reason and science and shows us what an alternative way of living can really be like. More importantly he shows us the revolutionary potential of finally doing away with all gods and what such a new world could look like."
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Review from the San Francisco Atheists Newsletter
"His final section contrasts religion to reason and the scientific method, and religion as an obstacle to political and economic liberation. Most of my favorite points of the book came from this section. He notes that we need awe and wonder - but not superstitious awe. He also challenges those who say religions and myths are valuable because they offer 'new insight into the deeper meaning of life,' arguing that who is to say what 'the deeper meaning of life' is, especially if religious claims are divorced from reality in the first place?"
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"Unlike most book clubs where ladies only read books that they like, Kathy's Book Corner looks at ugly books that are dangerous to Christianity and should be banned. I read them, and then I burn them.
"A few weeks ago, a man came to the Best Church of God to spread his Communist Anarchistic Atheist propaganda in the form of the book. This book, titled "Away With all Gods," was written by one Mr. Bob Avakian."
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From Midwest Book Review
"Is religion far more harmful than it's worth? "Away with All Gods!: Unchaining The Mind And Radically Changing The World" certainly believes so. Calling out Religion as a roadblock to scientific, moral, and political progress that oppresses people on terms of race, beliefs, and gender, author Bob Avakian makes a call to action against all belief systems that stand in the way of social progress and world peace, stating that religion is not a necessary element to solid moral values and peace of mind. "Away with All Gods!: Unchaining the Mind and Radically Changing the World" is a must for any who seek a dissenting opinion for religious studies shelves and for anyone who is disillusioned with their God or gods."
Praise for Away With All Gods!
"Whether readers enthusiastically embrace or reject its claims and arguments, Away With All Gods! is a book that cannot be ignored."
—Peter McLaren, Professor, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, University of California
"One needn't be a Marxist to learn a lot from this work. I especially like the forthright critique of the obfuscating epistemology of religion, and of religion's appalling consequences for women."
—Laura Purdy, Professor of Humanities and Professor of Philosophy, Wells College
"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."
—Phil Zuckerman, associate professor of sociology at Pitzer College
"Lots of people haven't actually studied what that Bible says. Bob Avakian has. He exposes the hypocritical bullshit...this book is serious reading."
—Eric G., former Black Panther member
"...may just spearhead a return to the Age of Reason."
—Harry Lennix, actor, instructor
"Given the powerful and destructive influence that fundamentalist religion has had on our society in the past generation, the recent books engaging in anti-religious polemic are entirely understandable. What most distinguishes Avakian's Away With All Gods from other much publicized books of this kind, such as those by Dawkins, Harris, and Hitchens, is the direct connection Avakian makes between combating religious fundamentalism and promoting a radical political agenda. Avakian is also to be commended not only for combining his religious freethinking with an endorsement of the modern Enlightenment tradition, but also for providing a sober warning against 'the smug arrogance of the enlightened.' Anyone who has read any of the other books mentioned above should also take the time to read this one."
—Allen Wood, author of Karl Marx and Kantian Ethics
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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Next Generation Indie Book Awards
Winner — Political category
Finalist — Current Events, Religion/Religious Non-Fiction, Social Change
ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Awards
Finalist — Philosophy category