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A demolition of religion deserving the widest exposure,
By A Customer
This review is from: All in the Mind: Farewell to God (Hardcover)
Ludovic Kenenedy manages to combine his usual standards of clinical analysis with grace, patience and good humour in effectively deconstructing the bedrock of many people's existence. His treatment of the intolerance and savagery of Christ's followers over the centuries is counterbalanced by gentle respect for the sincerity of faith held by some believers.
If anything, Kennedy is perhaps too soft on the theists in understating the true cost of religion now borne by all of humanity. How much more we could have grown as a species had theists not used their position to justify calamitous and divisive social policies and to slaughter innocent millions on the pretext of instruction from false yet tellingly anthropomorphic gods.
By the end of the book I was reminded of a hymn dinned into me in countless childhood church services, which for me sums up the true basis of religious belief: It was called God be in my Head.
My only regret is that this admirable book is unlikely to be read by many true believers: I would make it compulsory reading for anyone pursuing or contemplating a career in religious ministry.