In the hot mega-anthology from best-selling editor Russ Kick, greater than fifty writers, journalists, and researchers invade the interior sanctum for an unrestrained examine the wild and wooly international of equipped belief.
Richard Dawkins exhibits us the unusual, frightening homes of faith; Neil Gaiman turns a biblical atrocity tale right into a comedian (that nearly despatched a writer to prison); Erik Davis appears at what occurs while faith and California collide; Mike sprint eyes stigmatics; Douglas Rushkoff exposes the difficulty with Judaism; Paul Krassner finds his "Confessions of an Atheist"; and best-selling lexicographer Jonathon eco-friendly translates the language of spiritual prejudice.
Among the handfuls of different articles and essays, you can find: a sweeping examine classical composers and nice American Songbook writers who have been unbelievers, corresponding to Irving Berlin, author of "God Bless America"; the definitive clarification of why the US isn't a Christian state; the weird, Catholic-fundamentalist books through Mel Gibson's father; eye-popping images of unusual spiritual items and ceremonies, together with snake-handlers and pot-smoking teenagers; the thinly veiled anti-Semitism within the Left at the back of novels; an extract from the infrequent, suppressed ebook The intercourse lifetime of Brigham younger; and infrequently obvious anti-religious writings from Mark Twain and H.G. Wells.
Further themes contain exorcisms, spiritual curses, Wicca, the Church of John Coltrane, crimes by means of clergy, dying with no God, Christian intercourse manuals, the "ex-gay" stream, failed prophecies, weird and wonderful theology, spiritual bowling, atheist rock and roll, "how to be a very good Christian," an enjoyable examine the easiest (and worst) books on faith, and lots more and plenty more.
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