Philosophy has been a favorite whipping boy in the culture wars since 399 BCE, when an Athenian jury sentenced Socrates to death. However, philosophers nowadays are seldom accused of “corrupting the youth.” Instead, a surprisingly wide range of pundits—from celebrity scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson (majoring in philosophy “can really mess you up”) to Senator Marco Rubio (“Welders make more money than philosophers. We need more welders and less philosophers”)—assert that philosophy is pointless or impractical.
What follows is the introduction for The Treatise of the Three Impostors, which The Mantle published in 2015. Those familiar with Three Impostors recognize it as an Enlightenment-era indictment against the foundations of three major religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. That's only half the story.