Everything you know about God is wrong
|Format:||Print Book 2007|
|Availability:||Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy|
In the new megaanthology from bestselling editor Russ Kick, more than fifty writers, reporters, and researchers invade the inner sanctum for an unrestrained look at the wild and wooly world of organized belief.
Richard Dawkins shows us the strange, scary properties of religion/ Neil Gaiman turns a biblical atrocity story into a comic (that almost sent a publisher to prison)/ Erik Davis looks at what happens when religion and California collide/ Mike Dash eyes stigmatics/ Douglas Rushkoff exposes the trouble with Judaism/ Paul Krassner reveals his "Confessions of an Atheist"/ and bestselling lexicographer Jonathon Green interprets the language of religious prejudice.
Among the dozens of other articles and essays, you'll find: a sweeping look at classical composers and Great American Songbook writers who were unbelievers, such as Irving Berlin, creator of "God Bless America"/ the definitive explanation of why America is not a Christian nation/ the bizarre, Catholicfundamentalist books by Mel Gibson's father/ eyepopping photos of bizarre religious objects and ceremonies, including snakehandlers and potsmoking children/ the thinly veiled antiSemitism in the Left Behind novels/ an extract from the rare, suppressed book The Sex Life of Brigham Young/ and rarely seen antireligious writings from Mark Twain and H.G. Wells.
Further topics include exorcisms, religious curses, Wicca, the Church of John Coltrane, crimes by clergy, death without God, Christian sex manuals, the "exgay" movement, failed prophecies, bizarre theology, religious bowling, atheist rock and roll, "how to be a good Christian," an entertaining look at the best (and worst) books on religion, and much more.
ContentsGerin oil / Richard Dawkins
Everyone's a skeptic
about other religions / James A. Haught
Faith = illness: why I've had it with religious tolerance / Douglas Rushkoff
The US is a free country, not a Christian nation / Michael E. Buckner and Edward M. Buckner
Posting the Ten Commandments / Peter Eckstein
Philadelphia grand jury report on abusive priests and the cardinals who enabled them
God has left the building : the self-imposed death of institutional Judaism / Douglas Rushkoff
Reformation hymns : Islam, Iran, and blogs / Nasrin Alavi
The God from Galilee / Ruth Hurmence Green
Who wrote the Gospels? : (hint, it wasn't Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John) / Gary Greenberg
Bridging the leap of faith / Bobbie Kirkhart
Journey to Bethlehem / Neil Gaiman and Steve Gibson
With the sword : attending a Muslim students' conference / Tasha Fox
Broward County, Florida / Jeff Sharlet and Peter Manseau
My weekend with Osho / Sam Jordison
Jungle drums of the evil I / Earl Kemp
Sacred spots: corpses, thorns, BMW coffins, a hymen-restoring spring, and other religious relics and places / Kristan Lawson
Taking up serpents : a photo gallery of snake handlers / Robert W. Pelton
The honesty of atheism / Dianna Narciso
Comforting thoughts about death that have nothing to do with God / Greta Christina
Confessions of an atheist / Paul Krassner
"Irish gulags for women" : the Catholic Church's Magdalene asylums / Sam Jordison
"End of the world prophet found in error, not insane" : a failed prophet's survival handbook / John Gorenfeld
Voluptuous ecstasy on the temple : erotic aspects of Hindu sculpture / Lawrence E. Gichner
Wanting the topmost peach : the erotic poetry of the Sixth Dalai Lama / Coleman Barks
"Fondling the fellows in folly" : in which God wonders, why be gay when straight sex is so great? / Jack Murnighan
The private parts on the Pope's altar / Kristan Lawson
It ain't necessarily so : music's debt to nonbelievers / Dan Barker
Holy blood, holy code / David V. Barrett
"Incomplete Jews" and "international monetarists" : veiled anti-Semitism in the Left-behind series / Michael Standaert
Martin Luther goes bowling / Bill Brent
Friendly feudalism : the Tibet myth / Michael Parenti
The God machine : building the mechanical Messiah in 1850s Massachusetts / Robert Damon Schneck
The verge extreme : California's religion of transformation / Erik Davis
Jesus of Nazareth discusses his failure / H.G. Wells
Holy shit : excrement and religion
Legion's legacy : possession and exorcism / Benjamin Radford
Found Religion / Found magazine
Bits and pieces / Russ Kick
Good books / Russ Kick.
-- Controversial literature.
|Publisher|| New York : [Minneapolis?] : London :Disinformation Co. ;2007
Distributed in the USA and Canada by Consortium Book Sales and Distribution ;
Subtitle on cover: The Disinformation guide to religion.
387 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm