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Away With All Gods, Bookreading and Discussion
Date Thursday November 06
Time 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Details
Berkeley Public Library
North Branch
1170 The Alameda

Event Type Other
Is believing in gods actually harmful? How has Christianity for centuries served as an ideology of conquest and subjugation? Why is there a rise of religious fundamentalism throughout the world? Why is patriarchy and the oppression of women foundational to so many religions? Can people be good without god? Whether you believe in god, or are an agnostic or an atheist, Bob Avakian will challenge you with his powerful critique of long-established traditions and his liberating vision of a radically different world.

“What most distinguishes Avakian's Away With All Gods from other much publicized books of this kind, such as those by Dawkins, Harris, and Hitchens, is the direct connection Avakian makes between combating religious fundamentalism and promoting a radical political agenda. Avakian is also to be commended not only for combining his religious freethinking with an endorsement of the modern Enlightenment tradition, but also for providing a sober warning against 'the smug arrogance of the enlightened.' Anyone who has read any of the other books mentioned above should also take the time to read this one."
—Allen Wood, author of Karl Marx and Kantian Ethics

Bob Avakian is a veteran of the Free Speech Movement and the revolutionary upsurges of the 1960s and ‘70s. In 1975 he led in founding the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA, and has been its Chairman ever since. Avakian has an extensive body of work, From Ike to Mao and Beyond: My Journey From Mainstream American to Revolutionary Communist (a memoir), Marxism and the Call of the Future: Conversations on Ethics, History, and Politics (co-authored with Bill Martin) and Revolution: Why It’s Necessary, Why It’s Possible, What It’s All About (DVD/VHS).
*The author, Bob Avakian will not be present at the event.

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