Dangerous Illusions

How Religion Deprives Us of Happiness

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Vitaly Malkin
  • London, England: 
    Arcadia Books, Ltd.
    , June
     416 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


Vitaly Malkin - philanthropist, businessman, investor - shares a decade of research on the evolution of religion in his meticulous and impassioned Dangerous Illusions, arguing that religion’s long-standing clash with reason has lead to violence, masochism, oppression, and misery.

Dangerous Illusions examines what Malkin believes are religion’s illusory foundations, calling on his readers to question religion’s value in a society as advanced as ours. Malkin tackles issues like suffering and evil, pleasure and asceticism, and sex and celibacy, through the lens of the three major monotheistic religions - Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. Dangerous Illusionsfearlessly refutes some of our most archaic beliefs, encouraging all of us - even the agnostic-leaning - to be more aware of the dangers that religion poses to our happiness and collective intellectual advancement.

Malkin ultimately lays out an accessible and convincing case for the human race to reject the “chimera” that religion is in favor of logic and reason if only to live a happier life in the present.

With editions in France, Spain, Italy, Israel, Germany, the UK, and the US, Malkin’s meticulously researched Dangerous Illusions has made its mark as a valuable resource in the recently resurrected discourse around atheism.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Vitaly Malkin is a Russian businessman and investor. He has been a physicist, banker and senator (from 2004 to 2013). Malkin became interested in philosophy and history of religion while engaged in his philanthropic activities for the Fondation Era and Fondation Espoir


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