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Hitchens, an avowed atheist and author of the bestseller God Is Not Great, is a formidable intellectual who finds the notion of belief in God to be utter nonsense. The author is clear in his introduction that religion has caused more than its fair share of world problems. "Religion invents a problem where none exists by describing the wicked as also made in the image of god and the sexually nonconformist as existing in a state of incurable mortal sin that can incidentally cause floods and earthquakes." The readings Hitchens chooses to bolster his atheist argument are indeed engaging and important. Hobbes, Spinoza, Mill and Marx are some of the heavyweights representing a philosophical viewpoint. From the world of literature the author assembles excerpts from Shelley, Twain, Conrad, Orwell and Updike. All are enjoyable to read and will make even religious believers envious of the talent gathered for this anthology. What these dynamic writers are railing against often enough, however, is a strawman: an immature, fundamentalist, outdated, and even embarrassing style of religion that many intelligent believers have long since cast off. It could be that Hitchens and his cast of nonbelievers are preaching to the choir and their message is tired and spent. However, this remains a fascinating collection of readings from some of the Wests greatest thinkers.
"Hitchens has returned to the Belief Wars backed by a full army...the Godless Warrior marshals in an Atheist A-Team...to buttress his own arguments...Hitchens is the guide as well as the commentartor linking it all together."--"San Diego Tribune"See all Editorial Reviews
A great book, compiled by a great atheist and freethinker. The selections are well-chosen and edifying. A very enjoyable read.Published 6 days ago by rangerdoug
Must read for any free thinker. Hitchens always know how to challenge the status quo.Published 20 days ago by Robert Voorhees
I like the book, but some of the authors are too verbose, which causes me to lose focus at times. Regardless, I appreciate people who can think critically, so I recommend the book. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Michael
Page 363 (my book) St. Augustine
“There is another form of temptation, even more fraught with danger. This is the disease of curiosity. Read more
This is another great book by a great author who was an expert on the history of religious dogma.
This is the third Hitchens’s book I have read, the other two being “God... Read more
Anything by Christopher Hitchens is worth reading. Truely a brilliant man.Published 1 month ago by Jonathan Gerhardt