Against Religion, Wars, and States: The Case for Enlightenment Atheism, Just War Pacifism, and Liberal-Democratic Anarchism

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In Against Religion, Wars, and States: The Case for Enlightenment Atheism, Just War Pacifism, and Liberal-Democratic Anarchism, Andrew Fiala argues that, societally, we must radically redefine our goals. A renewed focus on global justice, a heightened criticism of religion and a fuller embrace of enlightened humanism and the sciences are just some of the ways in which we can begin to address some of the problems endemic to our society, and ultimately bring about more lasting peace. Fiala argues both theoretically and empirically, moving from analyses of theology, ethics and political philosophy to case studies and data mined from these respective disciplines, and from the fallout of recent world events involving all three. Fiala attempts to wean us off of our deferral to the oppressive forces that spark movements like Occupy, and the Arab Spring, forces that manifest themselves in the brutal drug wars along our borders, and in the currently fractious and bigoted rhetoric of some of our most powerful political and religious leaders. Against Religion, Wars, and States provides a provocative, unified, and revolutionary critical theory for all who are skeptical of the religious, political, and military powers that be, and points the way towards a more peaceful, just and reasoned future.

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Andrew Fiala is Chair of the Philosophy Department and Director of the Ethics Center at Fresno State University. He has authored 6 books and dozens of articles focused on ethical, political, and religious questions, including two books published with Rowman and Littlefield: The Just War Myth and What Would Jesus Really Do?

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Andrew Fiala’s book is a fascinating argumentative essay on political philosophy, whose author boldly undertakes the colossal task of convincing his readers that humanity should abandon the religious, military and state institutions it has known since the dawn of its history. Basing on rational scepticism and humanistic morality, Fiala severely criticises the present status quo as deeply irrational, immoral and unjust, and distinctly places himself on the side of atheism, pacifism and anarchism. Despite certain theoretical difficulties, this book is an important, interesting and defiant voice in the ongoing debate on humanity’s political social troubles in the globalized reality of the 21st century. (Dialogue and Universalism)

Andrew Fiala’s book is a spirited, rigorous, and—most important—caring analysis, critique, and evaluation of the interconnections of organized religion, violence, and nation-states. The author provides a sustained and detailed treatment of the all-too-often destructive interplay of these aspects of modern culture, all the while maintaining a modest thesis of being respectful of what can be a more constructive understanding and approach to concerns of spirituality, individual freedom, and caring communities. This is a cogent, thoughtful, and passionate call to articulate, question, and rethink our individual and collective assumptions about how and why to advance a more peaceful world. (David Boersema, Douglas C. Strain Chair of Natural Philosophy, Distinguished University Professor, Pacific University)

At a time when so much academic philosophy overlooks, or even makes apologies for, violent and oppressive institutions, Against Religions, Wars, and States serves as a bold reminder of the critical function philosophy can and should serve in contemporary political discourse. With clear prose and rigorous argumentation, the book demonstrates that atheism, pacifism, and anarchism are not fringe ideologies, but consistent outgrowths of the best traditions of Enlightenment thought: rational skepticism and moral humanism. Andrew Fiala has thrown down a powerful gauntlet which cannot in good conscience be ignored. (Nathan J. Jun, Midwestern State University)

At a time when religious fanaticism, state-sponsored oppression, and the omnipresent threat of war amongst nations is the norm, Fiala challenges us to re-think the reasons that justify the existence of these, our most cherished, yet least rational, institutions. The argument here is not that we must rid ourselves of religion, states, or war—a seemingly impossible task for humanity, which finds comfort in its superstitions and dogmas—rather, the argument is that we must detach ourselves from the belief in their necessity, if just for a bit, and consider these institutions for what they really are. What we get is a picture of a world better suited to take on the trials and tribulations of an uncertain, and ever more demanding, future. This is an excellent and timely book. (Carlos Alberto Sanchez, San Jose State University)

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