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God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything Paperback – April 6, 2009
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Hitchens, a contributing editor to Vanity Fair, author of books too numerous to mention and contributor to smaller magazines such as Free Inquiry, adds to the recent renaissance of pro-atheist books with his own provocatively-titled contribution. Whereas Sam Harris (The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason) sees dire warnings and Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion offers a defense of science, Hitchens uses his long experience in journalism to illustrate the madness that results when faith is unchallenged by reason. Dawkins has been criticized for adopting a harsh tone (an assessment I disagree with), but Hitchens is the one who really pours on the anger and witty derision.Read more ›
Hitchens makes his arguments and rebuts the best counter-arguments with passion and panache. If you are amongst the majority of people in the world - believers - his irreverent sense of humor may lead you to immediately brush him off as a partisan hack; while the unbelievers will get a kick out of each of the thousands of punchlines that Hitchens artfully mumbles. However, if you belong to the third category - an intellectual who chooses to look beyond a bi-polar view of the world when it comes to religion - I would urge patience with Hitchens' indulgence as a genius linguist (when you have it, it is hard not to flaunt it!) and you will find this book extremely rewarding and will not go un-satiated. If you are seriously debating the merits and demerits of religion as an institution in the society we live in, you have glanced at the perfect place, no matter what your affiliations.Read more ›
I do not see this book as a detailed thesis and nor did I expect Hitchens (nor do I think this is possible) to be an expert on each tedious detail relating to every religion. I find this quite irrelevent to the intent of the discourse in the book. Further, I do not see this as some juvenile battle between the virtues of all believers versus all non-believers. I must add that one big difference between how religion (as opposed to a lack thereof) manages to impact the lives of all is it's need and very mission to impose, interfere, and establish.
I see this as a book as something that improves our perspective and understanding of an age-old subject that has a huge bearing on all our lives. It makes us observe and be mindful of our primitive brains, impulses, and tendencies. It forces us to sit back and think of the absurdity in so many of the decisions and interactions we take for granted all around us.Read more ›
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Hitchens was an entertainer. He is not interested in fighting fair. He doesn't want rigorous research or meticulous attention to detail. He wants zingers!! Read morePublished 3 days ago by Chris11
Great purchase - book came very quickly and was in great condition. Worth the price. Thank you!Published 5 days ago by Brianna Zimmermann
While many other writers have made the argument against religion, no one does it better or more eloquently than Hitchens. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Gladys
I read every word of this book and could not put it down. It was entertaining, interesting and humorous. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Sean Smith
This is a brilliant book. Hitchens gets right to the point and is unapologetic about it. I am skeptical even with people I agree with so I researched many of the points and... Read morePublished 9 days ago by christopher
Christopher Hitchens writes in such a saucy yet profoundly intelligent way that I am always entertained. we miss you, Hitchens. I think everyone on earth should read this book.Published 9 days ago by kyrstin mcmaster