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Monday, 30 March 2009 09:50

The End of Faith

Sam Harris points out the absurdity of religious beliefs and their ability to make human beings commit attrocities (Witch Hunts, The Inquisition and The Holocaust) to each other. He points out the folly of 'religious moderation' as breeding grounds for religious extremism. Then he tackles terrorism: What happens when men with old-age ideologies get their hands on modern-day weapons that can wipe out millions of people?

This book was published in 2004. At a time when not many dared to challenge the value of entrenched religious beliefs and ideas, Sam Harris had the strength and courage to strongly do so.


Published in Book Reviews
Monday, 30 March 2009 09:50

Infidel

Ayaan Hirsi Ali writes about the details of her life growing up in Somalia, as a Muslim. Then, she escapes to Europe to avoid a pre-arranged marriage. There, she details how her mind transformed from a Muslim who believed in Islam to an atheist. Since the murder of Theo Van Gogh, she began living her life under cover. She continues to speak out for the rights of women in the Islamic world.

Published in Book Reviews
Monday, 30 March 2009 09:48

The Selfish Gene

Before reading this book, I always felt that there was something not quite right about religious explanations as to how human beings, animals, plants and all life came to being, regardless of whether one takes The Book of Genesis literally or metaphorically.

Richard Dawkins opened my eyes to a rich, yet simple and satisfying explanation to how life evolved from its simplest forms. As a non-scientist, this was a good introduction for me to be interested in genetics and biology. The explanations here make it easy for one to understand evolution. This book is a wonderful and surprising eye-opener.

Published in Book Reviews
Monday, 30 March 2009 09:46

The God Delusion

Religions have survived for thousands of years and their arguments have evolved to survive that long.

There is something odd about religions and religious doctrines and ideas. There are many things not fitting in. Not many of us are able to articulate what we feel and why we feel the way we feel when confronted with convoluted religious logic, arguments and explanations to what happens and why they happen in the natural world.

Reading this, I remember thinking: Finally there is someone out there with a mind, schooled and trained in science, brilliant and intelligent enough to be able to tackle the complexities of arguing against the idea that personal gods can exist.

Published in Book Reviews
Following the release of the film: The Passion Of The Christ, we should take this opportunity to remember what it was that Jesus Christ may have died for. Perhaps we can re-think and re-learn the message He had been trying to tell us two thousand years ago.
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On the 24th of November 2008, the U.N. passed a draft resolution against blasphemy. On Thursday, 26th of March, it was passed as a ?non-binding? resolution: a step closer to being a binding resolution. In this article, Marquez Comelab, author of The Tyranny Of God, asks who really needs protection from whom? This is not about protecting people from other people. This is about taking away our right to think for ourselves and to speak our minds.

Article was published in the International Humanist News (UK), May 2009 Edition.

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Friday, 27 March 2009 17:13

"Tell us about your book?"

I came to a point in my life where I really wanted to know whether there was a god. It seemed painful and sad to think that there is nothing beyond this life, but what if there is indeed no Heaven, no God and no Hell? If God does not, then how should I live my life? If he does not exist, then how does that tie in to everything I know to be true? For most of my life, I did not feel compelled to answer these questions for myself. But last year, I really wanted to seek what is true. This book is a result of that pursuit.
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Based on what I have read and understood, I cannot see how a supernatural being that exists beyond time and space can exist. I am also more inclined to believe the following:

  1. There is no Heaven, there is no Hell and there is no life after death.
  2. Morality, religion and gods are products of our own cultures. They exist only in our minds. They arise because we recognise that there are certain behaviours and actions that we are comfortable with. We, therefore, define what is moral. In the absence of laws and law-enforcement agencies, our ancestors used the concept of God to get people to act morally. Without modern scientific knowledge, our ancestors used religion to explain natural phenomena. Without structures to control and mobilise their societies, ancient leaders created their gods and built religions around them.
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On the 24th of November 2008, the U.N. passed a draft resolution against defaming religion. It was sponsored by the 57-member Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC). They want nations to pass legislation against blasphemy. At this point in time, it is optional for each member nation of the U.N to adopt this resolution. In the next few months, however, the OIC will be pushing for its enforcement worldwide. What do you think about the U.N passing an anti-blasphemy law? Do you think it's a good thing or a bad thing and why?

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Book On Reason

The Tyranny Of God by Marquez Comelab - Book on Religion, Science, Reason, Faith, Atheism and Reasonism

The Tyranny Of God


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Is there a God? Where do the animals, plants and human beings come from? Are scriptures the words of gods? Does religion teach us to live moral lives? Why do so many people kill and are killed over it? How should we live our lives if God exists? How should we live it if God does NOT exist?

This book explores the truth behind our beliefs in God and the propensity of human beings to be religious. In an honest attempt to seek the answers to life's deepest questions, I probe into how life began. I then progress to investigate the true nature of religions and their impact on our lives and the rest of humanity.

The main purpose of this book is not to argue against religion. Rather, it tells our story and how we have come to oppress ourselves with the tyranny of our own beliefs. I wrote this book to include everything I discovered to be relevant in my search for the truth, not just the truth behind God and morality, but also behind us and our existence. Instead of reading this book with the expectation that it is trying to prove the tyranny of God, I would like to recommend you read it as a story book: as a book that tells the story of humanity from the Big Bang.

REVIEW

"While Comelab's writing is always moderate in tone, its message clearly undermines current distractions with accommodationist arguments towards presumed religious "moderates". It is written with the fresh confidence of a young man who has had early success in his adopted country and only recently come to realise the truth of atheism. For those like me whose only worry about Atheism has long been its faultering progress, Comelab reminds us that much of the energy must continue to come from those who have more recently learned the truth. He seems more than bright enough to soon progress to seeing atheism not as an end but as a starting point to the kind of understanding that should enable us to work towards a future incomparably better than any heaven the faithful can imagine."

- TONY SMITH (AUSTRALIA)

Its beyond my imagination that you can put it all together in a book. Two thumbs up! You can not imagine what happen when I first read the title of your book, and got excited about it and kept reading until dawn. I commend you in putting so much effort to collecting data and put it together to support your idea. 

How can I say this... your book is really ME in here, existing to tell, spread, and contradict  but in very small area only (very limited, considering my country religion majority). Most of it can only be talked between my family member and close friends. Your book provides BEAUTIFUL BITTER TRUTH : that is how I would sum it up.

I called it beautiful because it opens up the very shell of a religions and the implications it caused over the past hundred, even thousands of years. I cannot describe with my limited english skill the insight your book has shown. But I am AFRAID your book WILL NEVER SPREAD TO MY COUNTRY. It will cause a massive attacks and chaos from the religious majority. I feel happy but the same time sad, really sad...Well again I cannot say THANK YOU ENOUGH.

- J. A. (Indonesia)

This book has taught me so much about evolution, the history of religions and the effect is has on our modern day society! The author shares his personal journey as a believer and provides much needed "food for thought". I recommend this book to all those who want to form their own opinion about believing or not believing.

-FISHPOND REVIEW