Everything You Know about God is Wrong — not a book for the faint-hearted — is a book of essays and articles documenting the darker side of faith.
The condescending tone so popular in atheistic and humanistic literature these days mars many chapters. The best material, though, highlights how politicized fundamentalism has hijacked and distorted American history, positioning the founding fathers as religious zealots (they weren’t) and America as a Christian nation (it was never meant to be).
Christianity isn’t the exclusive focus of the book, as it turns out that almost every group that sets out to build heaven on earth (from Tibetan Buddhists to the quirky followers of new-age guru Osho) winds up creating a hell instead.
Think of this book as a guided tour of all the various ways faith can be used to manipulate and control the weakest and most vulnerable among us. Short on time? You’ll love the short, generously-subdivided chapters, which lend themselves to episodic, “whenever you get the time” reading.