Monday, July 23, 2007

God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything - Christopher Hitchens

Hitchens, one of our great political pugilists, delivers the best of the recent rash of atheist manifestos. The same contrarian spirit that makes him delightful reading as a political commentator, even (or especially) when he's completely wrong, makes him an entertaining huckster prosecutor once he has God placed in the dock. And can he turn a phrase!: "monotheistic religion is a plagiarism of a plagiarism of a hearsay of a hearsay, of an illusion of an illusion, extending all the way back to a fabrication of a few nonevents." Hitchens's one-liners bear the marks of considerable sparring practice with believers. Yet few believers will recognize themselves as Hitchens associates all of them for all time with the worst of history's theocratic and inquisitional moments. All the same, this is salutary reading as a means of culling believers' weaker arguments: that faith offers comfort (false comfort is none at all), or has provided a historical hedge against fascism (it mostly hasn't), or that "Eastern" religions are better (nope). The book's real strength is Hitchens's on-the-ground glimpses of religion's worst face in various war zones and isolated despotic regimes. But its weakness is its almost fanatical insistence that religion poisons "everything," which tips over into barely disguised misanthropy. Amazon

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8 comments:

superflash said...

Hi,

I'm really glad that I found your blog today. I have the book The God Delusion and last night I was debating online about something I read in the book, so I wanted to quote some big part of chapter 5 and so I began writing.But then it ocurred to me that it might be an ebook somewhere on the Web and that's how I found you.

Also, I wanted to tell you that the link to "Download:
http://rapidshare.com/files/44677987/Christopher_Hitchens_-_God_is_not_Great" is pointing to the file "Dawkin_Archives.zip".

My best wishes.

BlindW@cher said...

I've corrected the link. Thanks for the warning.

Enjoy the ride.

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Anonymous said...

Thank you very much by posting the link to download, I'm brazillian and I couldn't search a portuguese version of this book to download, so, i had to look for a original version, and it was very easy to download by your way, thanks again.

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