Rejecting the many magical solutions offered for human problems, Chester Dolan unmasks the folly that has passed for religion throughout history and the many dangers it poses to the human community. After recounting the hate and insecurity that religious systems have introduced in our lives, he urges that the world would be a far better place if we could exorcise our presumptuous Gods, reject the religion of the mystics, and realise that our destiny rests with us. Only with a discriminating use of reason can we marshall facts and establish procedures to guide human progress. Motivated by reason, kindness, and morality, we can regain not only our sanity, but the right to think and choose for ourselves.
Chester Dolan (Lakewood, CA) is past president of the New York Society for General Semantics, former senior technical writer for the Linde Division of Union Carbide Corporation, and former instructor of English for the extension division of City College of New York.