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Contents

Chapter 1 - Reason or Chimeras

  • Meet the Chimeras
  • Reason or Faith
  • In the Ancient World Reason Was A Superstar
  • Homo Reliogiosus' Ascension, or, Brief History of the Decadence of Reason
  • Why Do We Need Reason if We Have the Torah?
  • Reason Will Not Bring You to Paradise
  • The Quran Cannot Be Understood by Reason
  • How One Can `See the Face of God'
  • How Chimeras Poison Our Life
  • What I Want to Say to You

Chapter 2 - The Sovereign of Evil

  • The Prince of this World
  • Theodicy: I Am Not Evil
  • Theodicy in Names and Images
  • How Job Doubled His Assets
  • Theodicy in Christianity: We Live in the Best of All Worlds
  • Theodicy Today: How To Save God
  • My View on Theodicy: Accusing God
  • God Has Burnt in Auschwitz

Chapter 3 - Hello Death, Our First Step Toward Heaven

  • How to Die Well
  • Death is the End of Everything
  • In Search of Immortality
  • The Taboo of Death
  • A Time to Uproot What Was Planted
  • A King in an Unmarked Grave
  • The Religion of Death
  • Memento Mori
  • Hello Death, Our First Step Toward Heaven

Chapter 4 - The Unbearable Joy of Suffering

  • The Happiness of the Eternal Return
  • Golden Age of Pleasure: When Suffering Was Evil
  • Who Invented the One God
  • God Likes to See You Suffer
  • Man Is Born to Trouble
  • On Suffering, the Best Friend of Christian Virtue
  • Christian Suffering, as the Imitation of Christ
  • Christian Suffering as a Means of Attaining Spirituality and Approaching God
  • Suffering as Particular Grace, and Unearthly Joy
  • Man's Sinfulness Is the Reason for Suffering
  • Only a Life of Suffering Can Lead Man to the Church
  • Suffering is Not in Vain
  • Sacred Masochism and Death-bed Torments
  • In the Land of the Blind, the One-Eyed Man is King, or, How the Cult of Suffering Emerged from the Cult of Weakness
  • A Buddhist's Happiness Is in Renouncing Life
  • Buddhism and Stoicism
  • Buddhism and Christianity
  • Suffering Is the Infidels Destiny

Chapter 5 - The Great Battle Against Pleasure

  • A Purely Jewish Story
  • Pleasure and Needs: What Was Maslow Afraid Of?
  • Why I Like Epicure
  • I Am My Own God
  • Gravedigger of the Ancient Ascetism
  • Birth of Christian Ascetism
  • Retreat from the World and Mortification of Flesh
  • Body Care and Sport
  • Condemnation of Decoration and Costumes
  • Hatred for Feasts, Fun and Laughter
  • Condemnation of Gluttony and Praise of Fasting
  • The Ban on Sinful Thoughts
  • Condemnation of Wealth and Praise of Poverty
  • Ascetism Today
  • Do the Act with the Fear of God
  • How Buddha Ate Cow Dung
  • A Pork Temptation
  • Ascetics in Burkinis
  • Monotheism and Ascetis

Chapter 6 - Sex is God's Greatest Enemy

  • An Unexpected Meeting with a True Christian Missionary
  • Sex Before God
  • Lust's Death Sentence, or, Where Did the Guilty Serpent Come From?
  • The Downfall of the Ancient Phallus
  • The Prophets Have Never Had Sex
  • Islam: The Best Sex is in Paradise
  • The Crucified Sex
  • The Virgins Do Not Burn
  • The Sweet Dream of the Immaculate Conception
  • Christian Marriage, or a Divine Threesome
  • Sex is God's Worst Enemy
  • Return Our Lust to Us!

Chapter 7 - Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods But Me

  • The Saints or the Living
  • The Saint Court
  • Saint Anthony's Women
  • The Hunchback, the Lame and the One-Eyed Will Never Be Saints
  • A Paedophile Celibacy
  • The Joys of Castration
  • The Eunuchs for the Kingdom of Heaven's Sake
  • Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods Before Me

Chapter 8 - The Battle Against Onanism

  • Sperm Rivers
  • Two Romeos and One Juliette
  • Hands Full of Blood
  • A Three-Year-Old Wife
  • If Your Hand Seduces You, Cut It Off
  • A `Cynical Spasm': `Medics' and `Philosophers' Holy War Against Masturbation
  • The Triumph of the Onanist

About the Author

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, and from his extensive travels around the world. Living now in Europe, Malkin has fully dedicated himself to writing and to continuing his work as a philanthropist.

Reviews

Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Dangerous Illusions: How Religion Deprives Us of Happiness" is an iconoclastic and philosophical tour-de-force from beginning to end.--Midwest Book Review
Malkin's book, while meticulously researched and written in great depth, is very accessible to the average reader. I would challenge you to buy a copy and share it with those friends and family members who might be willing to learn and reason.--Karen Garst, PhD "Faithless Feminist "
Russian billionaire Malkin sets out to explore the irrational demands of religion, scrutinizing such topics as asceticism, celibacy, evil, pleasure, sex, and suffering.--Publishers Weekly

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