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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1450518273
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450518277
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.7 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #642,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ian Gurvitz is a native New Yorker who has lived in Los Angeles for the last 20 years, working as a TV Writer/Producer. Most recently, he published a book entitled "Hello, Lied the Agent..." a behind-the-scenes account of the world of TV development, and wrote and directed a movie -- L.A. Blues -- which was released in 2008. He is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post, and has published articles in the LA. Times and Creative Screenwriting magazine. He also maintains a blog at IBREAL.BLOGSPOT.COM. Before Hollywood, he earned a B.A. in Philosophy and worked toward an M.A. in Buddhist Studies, which involved a year living in Japan, and marked the beginning of a decades-long study of religion, which eventually lead to the writing of this book.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marc Andre Lachance on October 2, 2012
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In the beginning there was Dawkins, Hitchens, Harris, and Dennett; then came Onfray, Stenger, Barker, Grus, Paulos, d'Ormesson, and, now, Gurvitz. All proclaim the demise of centuries of patriarchal bullying by self-appointed messengers of that which never was and never will be. What can Gurvitz say that others haven't said already? To start with, he writes with a unique combination of charm, humour, lucidity, and simplicity, telling it is like it is. The book offers a fresh new twist in exposing old but popular fallacies for the frauds that they are. This alone makes "Deconstructing God - A Heretic's Case for Religion" a great read. Many readers, as did Bill Maher, are likely to disagree with Gurvitz's proposal to pursue transcendence by re-defining religion on the remnants of the god idea, by feeding the spot in the brain left vacant by the new apologetics with an indefinable, contemplative repast. In the mind of this reader and many others who think about such things, the awe of scientific discovery and the ecstasy of artistic virtuosity suffice. An honest reviewer must also lament a bit of inattention here and there, for example an Anselm held accountable for Aquinas's first way. But this is largely redeemed by the so many times that Gurvitz expresses perfectly what, for so long, I've been meaning to say. This book was worth writing and it is worth reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lisa R. Young on July 24, 2010
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The subject matter of Religion is presented as a both a very humorous and ironic overview while being respectfully informative of individual religious beliefs The author, Ian Gurvitz, calls into question the rationale and movtivation of religious beliefs in a deeper way. The author presents his views based on carefully researched and documented information, as well as, historically accepted religious philosophies. Ian Gurvitz raises the reasonable doubt questions of desire for rationale and the fundamental question of who is in charge of destiny in a very amusing way. Do we not all have the ruby red slippers and the ability to define and master our own destinies, or do we need to put money in the form of donations to have someone else do the job for us and not own the outcome? The reality is that the author acknowledges, from his personal pain and experience, an empathic point of view and the desire for a higher power and answers, but this does beg the obvious questions of how does belief justify murder and religious warfare at the same time? In reality, life's unexpected tragedies is without accurate words, and profoundly sad, but the question as to why horrendous things happen remains unanswered. Coping skills will still need to prevail, with or without religion.This book is highly compelling and entertaining, and I sincerely recommend it for all to give deep consideration to the facts and opinions presented here. It is provocative and forces one to examine and think for themselves. without being at all preachy, just honest about the documented facts
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By hominid on November 13, 2010
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Ian has successfully covered the major emotional, cultural and social issues involved in the experience, and institution, of religion. He does this as he stays "with" the reader. At all points the reader feels that she/he is writing the book as she/he reads it. Ian involves the reader in the creative writing process.
Ian equates the religious experience with strong emotional experiences, and at the same time connects it to the eternal. Quite an audacious juxtaposition!
Most important. Ian keeps your interest as he leads you through the maze of entailments that make up the notion of "God."
Its a good read!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Katz on August 12, 2010
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I found part one of this book to be very refreshing and intelligent as well as humorous. It is absolutely amazing what people are willing to blindly believe in and Gurvitz does a great job of pointing out the absurdity of many peoples beliefs in the name of religion and god. He doesn't pick on any one group or belief, but shows us what true religion is not. As he states, "there is no such thing as a religious war, if it's war it's not religious". He has another line that I loved, "if it doesn't happen in reality, it doesn't happen in religion.
But then there is part two that was very compelling for me. A whole new understanding of god and religion that is not based on blind faith but on direct experience. His explanation of god as a verb was brilliant. I've been seeking religion but was uncomfortable with that notion because I only understood religion as it had been presented to me and as described in part one. Now I can comfortably be religious and believe in god in a whole new light without dogma, faith, donations, intermediaries or a lot of other trappings.
This is a wonderful, easy to comprehend and inspiring book.
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