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Religion Explained
Religion Explained
by Pascal Boyer
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 15.88
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5.0 out of 5 stars an incredible piece of work, Jan. 26 2004
This review is from: Religion Explained (Paperback)
Of the thousands of books I've read in my lifetime, I put this one in the top three. This book further confirms my belief that if you really want to understand humanity, evolution is the key theory. This particular book, which covers human evolutionary psychology as it relates to religious belief is well written, well organized, and well argued. The author asks (and usually answers) the right questions. Finally, this is one of those books (for me anyway) that caused me to look at the subject of religious belief in an entirely new way. I have a much better understanding of why people believe and why I don't.

The Gnostic Gospels
The Gnostic Gospels
by Elaine Pagels
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 13.00
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5.0 out of 5 stars author understands Christian politics, Jan. 26 2004
This review is from: The Gnostic Gospels (Paperback)
The author's argument that Christian orthodoxy grew out of the political considerations of the day, and served to legitimize early church leadership is well-made. The book confirmed what I suspected, that a "gnostic" religion (i.e. one based on knowledge of the self) could never survive against one that was based largely on politics and easily distillable bromides for the masses. The situation is no different today. Successful religions are still based on establishing power (real or imagined) over the followers and discouraging independent thought.

100 Banned Books  Pb
100 Banned Books Pb
by Karolides Et Al
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars extremely interesting book, Nov. 6 2003
This review is from: 100 Banned Books Pb (Paperback)
I couldn't put this book down. The stories of censorship are fascinating and provide keen insight into the histories of the times when the books were published. In particular, the authors do an excellent job of bringing out the societal forces that were in conflict. I highly recommend this book.

A Pilgrim's Digress: My Perilous, Fumbling Quest for the Celestial City
A Pilgrim's Digress: My Perilous, Fumbling Quest for the Celestial City
by John Spalding
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 28.00
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4.0 out of 5 stars author is too kind, June 23 2003
This book is fairly entertaining, but the author is too kind to the people he profiles. I was hoping for a little more exposure of the fraud called religion. Surely the author had stronger feelings about the subject matter than what he wrote.

Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence
Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence
by Mark Juergensmeyer
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and researched, June 7 2003
The author has done a good job with this topic and his research and interviews are extensive. There is broad coverage of religious violence in all of the major faiths as well as a good discussion of why people are attracted to the irrationality of religious mass movements. The only thing I didn't like about the book was the end in which the author states in a cursory fashion that religion elevates the moral and spiritual values of public life. In fairness, the author does not explore this topic, but on the other hand, since he provides no support for this proposition, I don't think he should have stated it. This issue is the subject of a lot of debate and personally, I believe that religion has consistently impeded moral progress. But, overall, despite this criticism, the book is a good read.

Creating Equal: My Fight Against Race Preferences
Creating Equal: My Fight Against Race Preferences
by Ward Connerly
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Connerly speaks from the heart, May 28 2003
This book is very entertaining and despite your political views, I think it's impossible not to appreciate what the author has gone through, and be inspired by the courage he has shown in the face of constant attacks by his enemies. It's a great read both as a biography of an "ordinary" man who believes strongly in doing the right thing, and as an introduction to the debate over racial preferences.

The Tempting of America
The Tempting of America
by Robert H. Bork
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 33.24
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bork is well-spoken on this topic, May 28 2003
While I don't agree with everything that Robert Bork stands for, this book is an excellent read if you're interested in how the U.S. Constitution is interpreted by the courts. It's also shocking to see how most senators just don't get it (what I mean by that is that it's not a matter of disagreement, it's a matter of intellectual grasp). Bork presents an admirable defense of the rule of law, which I would agree is constantly under attack by people who want to politicize the judiciary.

The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements
The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements
by Eric Hoffer
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 13.36
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cuts right to the chase, May 28 2003
Hoffer gets right to it and he tells it like it is. If you are at all curious about what motivates people to join mass movements (religious, nationalist, whatever), this book is for you.

Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
by Carl Sagan
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 15.16
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sagan comes through again, May 28 2003
Sagan is a breath of fresh air. He calls 'em like he sees 'em, noting, for example, that "religions are the state-protected nurseries of pseudoscience." This book is a call to action, making a strong case that we must encourage the scientific method and question what people tell us, particularly our leaders. The book is also funny as it explores alien abductions and other cons over the years. I always get freshly inspired after reading Sagan because he truly appreciated (and conveyed) the wonder and the infinite possibilities of science.

Betrayal: The Crisis in the Catholic Church
Betrayal: The Crisis in the Catholic Church
by The Investigative Staff of the Boston Globe Matt Carroll Kevin Cullen Thomas Farragher Stephen Kurkjian Michael Paulson Sacha Pfeiffer Michael Rezendes Walter V. Robinson
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource, May 28 2003
The authors have a done a fine job compiling the facts about the sexual abuse crisis that is rocking the Catholic Church. Although the authors present the facts in a balanced way, you will be morally outraged by what "responsible" people of the church are capable of. A must read for anyone who has any doubt about the authoritarian, anti-intellectual, and medieval nature of the Catholic Church.

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