And man created God in his own image
The Truth Is Wrong
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The Truth Is Wrong consists of many short chapters, each of which tackles the issue of religious thinking (mainly Western religions) from a different point of view: Religion and science, religion and food, religion and sex, religion and logic, religion and witchcraft, religion and race, religion and our brain, etc.
With a somewhat satirical tendency and much criticism, the book deals with very serious issues (the existence of God, the conflict between belief and reality, education and morality) in simple terms and in an easy-to-read style.
It mentions several other books and quotes from a vast array of sources. Due to my personal background, the book leans a bit more on Judaism, but it also makes many learned references to Christianity, Islam and a few other religions.
All in all, the book promotes the values of humanism, skepticism and free thinking.
The book size is about 180 pages (size A5, small fonts) with a small black-and-white caricature accompanying almost each chapter. It is about 50,000 words. It is completed, as far as the author (myself) is concerned.
Chapter 01 – Introduction, or Is It?
A short introduction and a teaser
Chapter 02 – Two Parallel Lines – They Don’t Meet, You Know
(Chapter 02 – Part b)
On amazing people that live in two worlds at the same time
Chapter 03 – It’s a Miracle!
(Chapter 03 – Part b)
What is a “miracle” and why some things are considered miracles
Chapter 04 – Evolution, Ohhh Evolution
The theory of evolution and how it goes along with religious belief
Chapter 05 – Oh My God
(Chapter 05 – Part b)
Deep philosophy and arguments in simple language, about the existence of God and what is it anyway
Chapter 06 – In Science We Trust
(Chapter 06 – Part b)
On the conflicts between science and religion
Chapter 07 – Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie
(Chapter 07 – Part b)
On the human mind and limited human perception of things
Chapter 08 – From Now to Eternity
(Chapter 08 – Part b)
How traditions and myths are created
Chapter 09 – Why Are You Here?
(Chapter 09 – Part b)
Religious rhetoric and how religion is “sold”
Chapter 10 – Mother Goose
(Chapter 10 – Part b)
On education and belief, and do we really control our opinions?
Chapter 11 – Abracadabra
(Chapter 11 – Part b)
Religions and the power of the written or spoken word: Magic spells and amulets
Chapter 12 – Sex and the ET
(Chapter 12 – Part b)
How does sex go along with religions? (Hint: Mostly it doesn’t)
Chapter 13 – Friday the 13th
A chapter to be skipped for good luck
Chapter 14 – God Is in the Details
(Chapter 14 – Part b)
(Chapter 14 – Part c)
Noble ideas must be translated into day-to-day silly rituals
Chapter 15 – Killing Me Softly
(Chapter 15 – Part b)
An important chapter about the religious justification for terrible acts, murder and terror
Chapter 16 – The Man in the Middle
(Chapter 16 – Part b)
Religions must adopt some human figures to mediate between God and man
Chapter 17 – I Think, Therefore You Are
(Chapter 17 – Part b)
The art of logic can be abused by religion
Chapter 18 – They Burn Books, Don’t They?
On religions defending themselves against “forbidden” things, such as certain people, artifacts and books
Chapter 19 – You Said What?
A satiric glossary of religion-related terms
Chapter 20 – Requiem for Israel
(Chapter 20 – Part b)
On separation of church and state and nations such as Iran, the USA and the State of Israel
Chapter 21 – Trick or Treat
(Chapter 21 – Part b)
An assorted list of foolishness: Bible code, Numerology, prophecy and others
Chapter 22 – We Are the Champions
(Chapter 22 – Part b)
Everybody thinks they are the “chosen ones” – a short discussion about racism
Chapter 23 – How Exciting!
(Chapter 23 – Part b)
We look for mysticism everywhere and refuse to let go
Chapter 24 – Even More Exciting…
How our brain is tuned for religious perceptions, such as Near-Death Experience, and how weird sensations have simple explanations
Chapter 25 – The Missionary Position
It seems as if religions are keen to recruit as many followers as possible
Chapter 26 – Electronic Jesus
Religious messages and the Internet
Chapter 27 – Pulp Fiction
Who wrote the Bible? Is it such a special book?
Chapter 28 – Money Makes the Sun Go Around
On the connection between religion and money
Chapter 29 – Days of Future Past
How we will be examined by future generations with a similar mindset in which we now examine past generations, and why it is important
Chapter 30 – Things You See from Here
We tend to patronize when examining other traditions and beliefs – how do our own rituals may appear in the eyes of others?
Chapter 31 – FAQing Special
Frequently Asked Questions – an interview with the author of the book, with some answers to potential criticism
Chapter 32 – If You Go Chasing Rabbits
On the hypocrisy found in many religious acts and stories
Chapter 33 – Food for Thought
A short study about various religious rules that concern our food
Chapter 34 – And Thou Shalt Tell Thy Son
A fictitious chapter, browsing through several generations and events in Biblical times, demonstrating how the Biblical text evolved according to actual research
Chapter 35 – Theater of Absurd
Another short study about various religious rules that concern dress codes, shoes, haircuts, gestures, and some really weird rituals
Chapter 36 – Losing My Religion
People abandoning religion, becoming religious or converting from one religion to another
Chapter 37 – Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite
A sentimental call for proper education of young children
Chapter 38 – Rise and Shine
A summary on “religion” vs. “values” – promoting secular and humanist values