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God IS great. Or does Chris call himself greater than the almighty, omniscient, omnipresent, eternal, infinite and immanent reality? God is Love, and who abides in Love abides in God and God in them. Not in warfare and killing, which break the Laws of God. Read the Book!
Has Chris Hitch never read his Dorothy Day? Especially her articles for Commonweal in which she raises a prophetic and powerful voice for peace in times of war based on her Beliefs? Has his door never been enlightened by Jehovah's Witnesses?
While he solipsistically and profitably amuses himself and others with his knocking down his home-made paper tigers and straw men, Hitchens purposefully evades the point of religion and its meaning, message and true mission of compassion and peace in our world. Hitchens seems to lay most umbrage at the Constantinian compromise which condoned holy and self-proclaimed just wars. War however is anathema to the Faith of Jesus Christ and directly opposes his clearest commandments, teachings, sayings and Holy Spirit.
As ever, the Jehovah's Witnesses give irrefutable testimony of religion pure and simple: promoting equality of races and nations and people and refusing to participate in any form of warfare, or even pledging allegiance to the flag of any nation, even and especially in the fever pitch of war in WWII, VIetnam and Iraq.
The Jehovah Witnesses historically have gone to jail rather than participate in our imperialist or any other wars and truly lay down their lives for their beliefs. Thanks to them rather than the Catholic Church which so often fails to practice prophetically what it so meekly and quietly preaches, we briefly had a viable Conscientious Objector status, as the Jehovah Witnesses based upon their religion and its free practice conscientiously objected to any form of participation in warfare, to the point of suffering imprisonment, etc.
Have the Jehovah Witnesses not yet found the prickly pathway to Christopher Hitchen's darkened doorway, to leave him politely and well-groomed a copy of the Watchtower and Awake! (I read them in Spanish so forgive me if I get the titles wrong)? They nearly alone give witness and practice to the Gospel of Peace with justice for all people and creation which is the essence of the Christian eschatalogical vision.
Has this alleged intellectual Christopher (ironically Greek for Christ-bearer or Messiah Bringer, as Lucifer was the Light-bringer) Hitchens not read his Thomas Merton? Hitch pretends never to have seen Father Tom's Cold War Lettersor his prophetic Peace In The Post-christian Era nor Thomas's Gandhi on Non-Violence: Selected Texts from Gandhi's "Non-Violence in Peace and War" (New Directions Paperbook) And speaking of Ghandi how can we permit this reductionist Hitchens to stuff the mighty Dr. King into a mere socio-political pocket? Can he truly remain ignorant of the theological basis of the Rev. Dr. King's nonviolent resistance as explored in Search for the Beloved Community: The Thinking of Martin Luther King Jr.?
Let us not be so deceived. Hitchens suffers deeply from the self-loathing of the Michael Novak syndrome, of a courageous voice which once spoke brilliantly for sanity and peace and justice and then found no earthly profit in it, and felt the profound fear of the prophet in his own hometown. Novak meekly retired to scribing pro-business inanities for the American Enterprise Institute after a promising beginning as drum major for peace in time of war; Hitchens retires like Brendan Behan or Dylan Thomas or James Joyce's Citizen to a lethal bar stool to see what loud absurdities earn him the biggest bucks and most personal if temporary peace under the Bush dynastic regime, after a brilliant beginning lambasting earlier GOP foibles and lies. (An earlier review absurdly records this book as aimed at intellectuals for presuming they know who wrote Middlemarch! Check my allusions!)
Others have noted here the way Hitchens cleverly invents evidence and whittles evidence to "prove" his hypothesis; such unscientific method would be roundly rejected in any English 101 essay and Rhetoric class. Others have noted well how he takes on a grim shroud of anger rather than reason, echoing thus the popular discourse of our post-rationalist times, writing for a post-literate era, for these darkened hours in which the cacophonous MacLaughlin Report and Bill O'Reilly pass for intellectual discussion.
One admirable review of this diatribe which comprehensively refutes his purposeful absurdities is found in the latest issue of the Catholic publication Commonweal (June 15 2007) in an article written by Villanova Professor Eugene McCarraher, who carefully guides us through first the political, then the philosophical, then the logical, and finally the theological fallacies of Hitchens. Read that rather than Hitchens, and for a brilliant, careful and accurate examination of our secular nature as a post-literate, post-logical society, as evidenced ironically here by Hitchens, buy instead Al Gore's The Assault on Reason. Christopher Hitchens here in his book assaults not only reason but also God Almighty. Go figure. Go Al!
God in her merciful compassion and infinite wisdom is not angered, but smiles. In fact, to handle his own anger, Mr. Hitchens might well read Anger or Being Peace by the prolific contemplative Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh, friend of Father Daniel Berrigan, and nominee by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967, back when it still meant something. Learn to pray with Father Berigan's Uncommon Prayer: A Book of Psalms or Father Thomas Merton's novice Father Ernesto Cardenal's Salmos (Coleccion Estructuras y Procesos), Read anything by Jesuit Father John Dear, especially Jesus the Rebel: Bearer of God's Peace and Justice and anything by Father Leonardo Boff, including Jesus Christ Liberator: A Critical Christology for Our Times. Read ANYTHING, Christopher, but please do your homework before you write! This is not a term paper you can bull your way through without any basis in objective truth. Research before you write, and your work will hold much more lasting merit than this very profitable yet temporary disposable claptrap which any second look can see through. Yet that is the secret to our consumerism: products designed to be used once and then thrown away to buy and buy some more. This is not spirituality; this is madness. Abandon all hope, or choose the higher path to peace.
Peace. For God is great and God is good, greater by far than any of man's feeble and limited efforts to define the infinite, almighty, omniscient and all compassionate and merciful Creator. We cannot see God within man's dim mirrors and scralings and sinful violence. God is good. God is Love. What we in our deeply sinful state choose to do with the Love which is God brings poison, but God, who is Love, remains the ultimate and primordial and ineluctable, immutable good. No matter what Chris rages into the darkness he has chosen.
Read Pacem in Terris, Populorum Progressio, Sacramentum Caritatis. God is Love, not poison, but peace which brings life in abundance.
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on April 11, 2013
In doing research the items here are spot on, however the connect the dots leave something to be desired.
As to the condition of the book it was over stated, some crayon had been applied by a child, and some highlighting. No dust cover, but other wise it was readable. I wanted it for reference. In the end it does name some names and covers the Mary Carter Paint with the facts at the time.