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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Insight Press (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976023695
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976023692
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,688,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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, Pitzer College


"Bold, wide-ranging, down-to-earth, provocative. 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, humanities and philosophy, Wells 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



Necessary, critical and timely. . . . Everyone should read Away With All Gods because it is necessary, critical and timely, but also because it is a book written with joy and humor."  —John Hutnyk, professor and academic director, Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London


"His new book opens up a much needed conversation about the role of religion and spiritual belief in the overall fight for justice, along with questions of morality and what it will take to bring about an end to white supremacy and patriarchy."  —Reverend Lennox Yearwood, Jr., president, Hip-Hop Caucus



"Whether readers enthusiastically embrace or reject its claims and arguments, [this] is a book that cannot be ignored."  —Peter McLaren, professor, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, University of California



"A wide-ranging and unapologetic four-part critique of the harm caused by religion."  —San Francisco Atheists Newsletter

About the Author

Bob Avakian has been the Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA, since its founding in 1975. A veteran of the revolutionary upsurges of the 1960s and early 1970s, he has spent the past several decades critically analyzing and evaluating the experiences of the first wave of socialist revolutions, in Russia and then in China—distinguishing their historic accomplishments from their shortcomings, and identifying the causes of their ultimate reversals. On this basis, and drawing from a broad range of human experience in many different fields, Avakian has brought forward what he characterizes as a new synthesis of communism—arguing provocatively for the necessity, the possibility, and the liberating potential of revolution in the U.S. itself, as part of a worldwide struggle for communism, enabling humanity as a whole to finally move beyond relations of exploitation and oppression, and the antagonistic conflicts to which they give rise.


Bob Avakian’s extensive body of work includes numerous books, other writings, and talks.

More About the Author

Bob Avakian has dedicated his life since the 1960's to the cause of revolution and communism. While providing practical leadership to the revolutionary movement as Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA, he has deeply studied and summed up the world historical experience of the communist revolution and the socialist societies it has brought into being---the great achievements and the serious problems and errors---and has studied many other fields of human experience and knowledge. He has advanced the science of communism and made decisive breakthroughs in the theory, method, and strategy of revolution and the final goal of communism throughout the world.

Cornel West describes Avakian as someone who "is a long distance runner in the freedom struggle against imperialism, racism and capitalism" in his comment about Avakian's memoir, From Ike to Mao and Beyond, My Journey from Mainstream America to Revolutionary Communist.

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 5, 2008
Format: Paperback
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 Aviakian 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.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Joan Manning on May 2, 2008
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For those who believe that God is a creature of the human imagination, this is your book. Bob Avakian has done his research well. Drawing from history and theology, Avakian makes his case without the flaming rhetoric often heard from the Christian Fundamentalists.

He notes that under the Judeo/Christian/Islamic religions, exploitation, oppression, violence and poverty continue to be widespread, and that the concept of "sin" teaches the suffering that their misery is their own fault.

You may not agree with Avakian's solution - Communism - but the people who would buy this book probably have open minds, and no author could ask for more.
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41 of 52 people found the following review helpful By B on April 5, 2008
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As Allen Wood, author of Karl Marx and Kantian Ethics states:

"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."

If you are interested in atheism, history of religion, and more importantly, a SOLUTION to the problems of religious fundamentalism (and religiosity in thinking)- this is a book you cannot miss.
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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Sputnyk on April 8, 2008
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Bad Marxism: Capitalism and Cultural Studies

Bob Avakian has written the first book in years that makes me actually want to re-read the Bible, but this time as freaky horror show, weirded out fiction and gothic nightmare.

Everyone should read Away With All Gods because it is necessary, critical and timely, but also because it is a book written with joy and humor. Avakian has a whole lot of fun mocking the absurdities of those who should be called `god-botherin fools' - never better than when he retells old Richard Pryor routines about Cleveland or reminds us of the hypocrisy of Ronald Reagan as Christian leader while wife Nancy reads the tarot. The trouble is that the people who go in for this religious-fantasy foolishness are serious, and they must be stopped. Avakian shows how and why.

Pointing out that the myth that Zapata had not been killed and would return to fight again some day was flawed because it overlooked the fact that he was just as dead as was the resurrected Jesus; showing that Mel Gibson's 'Passion of the Christ' movie perpetuates an anti-Jewish slander that the mob killed the son of God; equally critical of contortions such as the one where the Quran is as fair to women thieves as it is to men (`cut off their hands' if they do not repent); and skewering Christopher Hitchens' whose critique of religion is just as much an anti-Muslim tirade ('God is not great') as is the US War on Terror; Avakian eviscerates all manner of soft thinking on issues that have a mysterious afterlife in popular thought today.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 8, 2008
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Bold, wide-ranging, down-to-earth, provocative. 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, McCullough Distinguished Visiting Professor of Philosophy, Hamilton College, 2007-08; Ruth and Albert Koch Professor of Humanities, and Professor of Philosophy, Wells College
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Chris Martinez-coreas on August 28, 2008
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In Away With All Gods! Avakian points out the need for another look at what is dangerouly pushing humanity into a new dark age. Under the pressure of "sin" most people see their conditions in life as something they deserve because they have "sinned" or because of "karma".
By removing these illusions one is much closer to the reality of the world around them. Once reality takes on this new form of thinking its helps light a path toward a better world. Going into the contradictions between religion and reality. Avakian helps restore stucture to an ideology that has been distorted by the media and through generations of lies and cover ups.
Away With All Gods is one of many writings and talks by Bob Avakian on various subjects all aiming toward a truly scientific and revolutionary understanding of our world and how we can bring about real change. This book helps develop an understanding of humanity and why a communist revolution is necessary for true liberation.
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