Perfect Paperback: 376 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Publications
Language: American English
Numerous color photographs
Detailed Chapter Notes
Product Dimensions: 6 X 9 inches
Weight: 528 grams (19 oz.)
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First Publication Date: May 15, 2013
Allah, Jesus, and Yahweh deals with the moral and intellectual damage caused by religion—the subject of many of today’s headlines. There have been at least five major religious invasions from Asia into Europe. In particular, the Middle East seems a virtual hatchery for faith and fanaticism. It’s the birthplace of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam not to mention the earlier Zoroastrianism and the much later Baha’ism plus a plethora of minor cults and lunacies. The parlance in vogue for this present invasion is a clash of civilizations—East versus West! But this is not entirely the case. There is a clash, but we have confused the combatants. Many in the West do not intend to fight for the preservation of Christianity; some in the East feel the same about Islam. What we will defend is freedom, democracy, and the values of the Enlightenment versus submission, dictatorship, and the buzz of the hive mind. A colossal clash of ideals is underway between the Enlightenment and the Army of the Night—those who feel they have absolute certainty without evidence.
The target readers for my new book are the same individuals who buy the blockbusters of the Four Horsemen of the Anti-Apocalypse. There is a vast wave of moral and rational criticism of religion. Witness The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins, God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything by Christopher Hitchens, The End of Faith by Sam Harris, and Breaking the Spell by Daniel Dennett. Allah, Jesus, and Yahweh takes a deeper view of time and a more Mark Twain narrative approach than these authors. It begins in September 480 BCE at the Battle of Marathon—the first Asiatic religious invasion—and moves through history right up to Ayaan Hirsi Ali and beyond.
Gord Harrison is the author of several popular books on religion, nature, and art. When he isn’t writing, he’s photographing the wildlife of the Ontario hinterlands. Before this and after earning a Master of Mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo, he taught calculus and algebra.
When I was in primary school, we were always lining up for one reason or another. We wiggled and squirmed and the line wavered as we attempted to contain the irrepressible energy of youth. In one particularly long lineup leading to an elderly man seated behind a school table, I could overhear him asking each boy a few personal questions. One of these disturbed me greatly. "What's your religion, son?" he asked repeatedly. My extended family was neither religious nor irreligious and despite my abortive Sunday school career, I was clueless. So embarrassingly, I was stuck for an answer. At that time I didn't realize that in Canada Catholics had their own school system, and almost all the families in my neighborhood were Protestants--a word I had rarely heard. I decided on the spot that that's what I would be. Never was a boy so quickly and easily converted. As I stepped forward, he asked me, "What's your religion, son?" "I'm a pro-tes'-tant, sir." He looked at me kindly and smiled at my mispronunciation and said, "I bet you are."
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