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  • Series: Disinformation Guides
  • Paperback: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Disinformation Books; First Printing edition (August 7, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932857591
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932857597
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 1.1 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #268,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Russ Kick is the editor of Abuse Your Illusions: The Disinformation Guide to Media Mirages and Establishment Lies, Everything You Know Is Wrong: The Disinformation Guide to Secrets and Lies, and You Are Being Lied To: The Disinformation Guide to Media Distortion, Historical Whitewashes and Cultural Myths. He is the author of 50 Things You're Not Supposed To Know and The Disinformation Book of Lists.

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After all; There's only so much you can get into one book.
Don Cordell Ward
It is a great starting point for those who chose reason and intellect over faith and emotionality.
Sarah Parcell
Unfortunately, most of the rest of the articles are poorly written and only vaguely on topic.
Fyodor

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229 of 242 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on September 1, 2007
Format: Paperback
Everything You Know About God Is Wrong is a crushing indictment of popular misconceptions about religious belief. Composed of a wide variety of articles, each by a different author and attacking a different "sacred cow", Everything You Know About Religion denounces hypocrisies, outright criminal behavior perpetrated in the name of religion, horrific statements from the Bible and more. While some articles are written by freethinkers or nonbelievers and reveal a decidedly atheistic perspective, others are by believers seeking reform, justice, or a better understanding of various negative aspects of different religions. Indeed, the introduction remarks that "no contributor necessarily agrees with the other contributors... inclusion is not an indication of collusion." The articles range from "Sandman" author Neil Gaiman's graphically illustrated, adults-only comic of the soul-destroying Biblical story of Judges chapter 19 (in which a host turns over his daughter and his guest's concubine to be gang raped and murdered, in order to protect the guest); to the under reported tale of Magdalene Asylums run by the Irish Catholic Church that used women for profitable slave labor, for alleged prostitution or adultery, being victims of rape, or simply looking too pretty; to the merciless feudal virtual slavery inflicted by the temple theocracy upon the serfs of Buddhist Tibet prior to the Chinese occupation (runaway serfs would often be blinded, have their noses or tongues cut off, or be amputated); the story of a man who believes in Judaism and his struggle to engage in a public dialogue about Judaism and Israel, only to be shut out by Institutional Judaism; and much more. Highly recommended
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113 of 139 people found the following review helpful By Loyd E. Eskildson HALL OF FAME on October 30, 2007
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Dawkins begins by informing readers the shocking news that reliable polls report 35% of Americans say they are "born again." No wonder we have such a fixation on topics such as homosexuality, helping Israel, school prayer, (non)-separation of church and state, gay marriage, abortion, and intelligent design!

Interesting contradictions were then pointed out. For example, if the U.S. is a free country, it cannot also be a Christian nation. Similarly, the doctrine of the Trinity contradicts the idea that there is only one God. Still another - Iran has the largest Jewish community in the mid-East, outside of Israel, despite it's anti-Israel rhetoric.

The bulk of "Everything You Know About God is Wrong" is taken up with pointing out conflicting material within the Bible, referencing material left out, and the innumerable past and present perversions of religion - especially all the persecution and killing of "infidels."

Bottom-Line: The book has some good information, but is far too long. I prefer "God is Not Great," "Terror in the Name of God," "Why the Christian Right is Wrong," "Misquoting Jesus," "The End of Faith," "Jesus is Not a Republican," and "The God Delusion."
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A. Troy on October 8, 2008
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This is one of the best books I have read that discusses the problems within multiple religions, from the perspective of outsiders and insiders. Most of the "faithful" have no idea what is actually in the cherished book they worship, and Russ K. provides an inside look into the facts and resulting cultural and societal implications of religion as a whole. As noted by othe reviewers, this book is a collection of works by different authors, but those that said it was a random collection clearly weren't able to connect the dots themselves and were upset the book doesn't spell it out. I personally found this a better and different read than Dawkins' God Delusion, with less philosophizing and more facts from current events and a better analysis of the bible itself. A great read!!! Recommended highly.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Allen J. Pasch on February 28, 2008
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Good book. Only the first article is written by Richard Dawkins. The anthology doesn't tell you what you know about God is wrong, but rather how the concept of God and religion has been used and abused over the ages. Might make you think a little more critically.Everything You Know About God Is Wrong: The Disinformation Guide to Religion
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100 of 133 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn Bell on January 12, 2008
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This is a random grab bag of articles, many amateurishly written, with no common thread except that they attack some aspect of some form of religion. Much better to get Hitchen's The Portable Atheist and read the coherent thoughts of some of history's great minds about man, god, and religion.
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102 of 138 people found the following review helpful By C. Brooks on January 14, 2008
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I have to admit that I feel a bit deceived by this book, though it's my fault for not researching it enough before buying it. I bought this book after I saw Dawkins' name in the byline, and was very disappointed to find out that this anthology has no more than a few pages by the man. In fact, I didn't even realize that this was an anthology at all (I guess I'm not familiar enough with the 'Disinformation' series of books). Fine, that is my fault. But as one commenter noted, the articles are random, which is true, and unfortunately there is no continuity between them other than their portrayal of theism. Ultimately, after reading Dawkins, Harris, Hitchens, and Dennett, all extremely poignant authors with fantastic books, this read leaves a lot to be desired.
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47 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Fyodor on March 28, 2008
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I actually read a few articles from this book before leaving the bookstore; Dawkins' Gerin Oil article, which opens the book, was amusing enough, and I expected similar content throughout. Unfortunately, most of the rest of the articles are poorly written and only vaguely on topic. I could almost speculate that the editors Google searched religion and copy-pasted the first few articles that came up. It has some vaguely interesting bits of trivia and whatnot, but its really the type of content you might find in a junk email. Also, inexplicably, the editors decided to include an article which was basically a rap sheet for all the priests involved in the child molestation charges which used more lurid descriptions than were entirely warranted and filled an entire 30 pages of the book!
Save yourself the money and do the Google search yourself.
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