out of 5
Review by Cassandra
This book I think must have been published in the wake of the fears of individuals after 9-11. It is entirely too heavily focused on Islamic faith. Perhaps it is because the author felt like he would have supporters of his views after this tragedy, that they would realize the risks that religion poses to the human race? I think religion has played a huge part in many massacres in many areas, in the furthering of elitism, racism, and segregation of humans against one another. In this manner I find his thesis correct and coherent. I felt however, that his ideas would have gained more credence if he would have enumerated more issues with all faiths and all sets of belief, and perhaps left out the last few chapters which I thought did not flow well with the "point" of his book. Furthermore, the book lacked a certain cohesion and perhaps the authors writing was a bit unenjoyable in my opinion. Some of the points he makes are worth keeping in mind. I have often worried about the "Armageddon" mind set that many believers have, and have worried that perhaps if situations in the world got terribly out of control many believers would say it was fate, that Armageddon was bound to happen and then back of from the responsibility of fixing things and saving the world (i.e. this is gods way, so be it) then of course it would be a huge tragedy of a self fulfilling prophecy. Why not look into issues like this? They would have supported his thesis and given rise to other discussions in the book. Instead the author seems to just hammer in and handful of points to no end.