Belief and Unbelief.

Author:Morris, Kristine
Position:Book review

Barbara G. Walker; BELIEF AND UNBELIEF; Humanist Press (Nonfiction: Essays) 18.99 ISBN: 9780931779565

Byline: Kristine Morris

A well-researched analysis of the impact of faith and beliefs on society advocates for a peaceful secular world.

Barbara G. Walker, author of twenty-four books, including the bestselling The Women's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets, and past winner of the American Humanist Association's Humanist Heroine Award, gives religion a series of knock-out punches in the twenty-two hard-hitting essays compiled in Belief and Unbelief.

"As a species, we seem to want marvels more than facts," Walker writes. Her newest book explores why humans are so inclined to believe the unbelievable and be convinced by improbable religious assertions, often labeling them "miraculous" to forestall rational investigation. In concise and pointed prose backed up by research and historical records, she demonstrates how patriarchal religion has been the greatest source of murder, destruction, and mayhem on the planet.

Walker quotes some of the most revered figures in religious history, showing how they encouraged irrational belief in what would be unbelievable to an open, free mind; she declares that the mindset that allows for such belief is the...

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