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GOD AND HIS DEMONS is filled with sparkling insights, sly wit, and beautiful writing of a kind we have come to expect from Michael Parenti. He strips away the virtuous pretenses of self-proclaimed religionists throughout the world, and he does it with evidence and arguments that are historically and biblically informed. A riveting read that I recommend to all. --Julia Scheeres, author of Jesus Land In God and His Demons Michael Parenti spins a fascinating and compelling narrative.... --Tom Pollard, Professor of Social Sciences at National University, San Jose, CA In his brilliant new book, God and His Demons, Michael Parenti’s critical reading of the Old and New Testament throws light on the religious origins of contemporary cruelty... God and His Demons is a tour de force, combining serious scholarship and political passion with wry wit. --James Petras, Bartle Professor Emeritus, Binghamton University, NY This is Parenti at his best‚ an incisive, uncompromising critique of frightening religious narratives that, unfortunately, remain very much alive today. --Carl Boggs, professor of social sciences at National University, and author of Imperial Delusions THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, THE WASHINGTON POST, THE NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS, HARPER’S, THE NATION, AND THE ANTIOCH REVIEW ARE AMONG THE MANY PUBLICATIONS THAT HAVE PRAISED PARENTI’S WORK. Michael Parenti brings his critical acumen and gifted writing skills to bear on the dark side of religion, the many evils committed in the name of godly virtue throughout history. This is not a blanket condemnation of all believers. The focus is on the threat posed by fundamentalists and theocratic reactionaries. Historically anchored and biblically informed, this eloquent indictment of organized religionís delusions and abuses will be welcomed by secular laypersons and progressive religionists alike. Table of Contents Part I All in the Bible 1. Up from Heaven 2. The Great Exterminator 3. The Great Abominator 4. The Other Face of Our Sweet Savior 5. Who Killed Jesus and All Those Other Jews? Part II Divine Design? 6. Working His Blunders in Mysterious Ways 7. Jiffy Creation, Dubious Design

Part III When the Ethereal Becomes Material 8. Mother Teresa, John Paul, and the Fast-Track Saints 9. Cashing In on Heaven 10. Moneyed Gurus and Cults Part IV Hypocrites, Reactionaries, and Vipers 11. God, Left and Right 12. The Pious Predators 13. Politicos and Other Pharisees Part V Theocracy, Past, Present, and Future 14. Church in State 15. The Return of Totalitarian Theocracy 16. For Lords and Lamas 17. Goodbye Shangri-La 18. Secularism Rising?

Parenti delves into a wide and fascinating range of subjects: •

The harsh narratives of the Old and New Testaments, from the appalling accounts of violence, draconian justice, and moral turpitude in the older books of the Bible to the latent anti-Semitism in the New Testament

Creationism and intelligent design in both laughably crude and sophisticated forms.

The duplicities of gurus, with a revealing scrutiny of such icons as Pope John Paul II, Mother Teresa, various US televangelists, the Dalai Lama, and even Jesus himself.

The hypocrisies of family-values religionists and politicos, their rapacious financial schemes and frauds.

The sexual predation, pedophilia, and criminal cover-ups perpetrated under the cloak of religion.

The totalitarian theocratic goals of Christian and Islamic extremists, and the ShangriLa myths about feudal Old Tibet.

The growing strength of secular freethinkers and liberal theologians who are doing battle against the intolerant theocratic usurpers of public life.


God and His Demons