God: A Human History - a rescue attempt by Reza Aslan
Book review

Namazie, Maryam

Date Written:  23/11/2017
Year Published:  2017  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX22116

Gods and religions have caused so much distress that even those who have spent a lifetime apologising for and ignoring the doctrinal foundations of their abuses must make a rescue attempt.



God is perceived in the image of man not because of anything inherent in us but because He is man-made. Children believe in God not because they are born believers but because of indoctrination from the day they are born and ongoing physical and psychological abuse such as faith schools, child veiling and gender segregation deemed acceptable only because of religion’s privileged position in all societies.

That religions and Gods still hold sway in the 21st century despite advances in science is simply because of their continued usefulness in maintaining class, gender and social inequalities and injustices and suppressing our dreams and our hopes for a better life in the here and now.

Religions and Gods persist because they remain the best tools of the powerful to control the uncontrollable, including “disobedient” women and children.

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