God Is Not Great
How Religion Poisons EverythingeBook - 2007 | 1st ed
"A case against religion and a description of the ways in which religion is man-made"--Provided by the publisher.
When Hitchens (contributing editor, Vanity Fair) asserts, as he does in the subtitle, that "religion poisons everything," he's not kidding. He believes that the argument with faith "is the foundation and origin of all arguments, because it is the beginning--but not the end--of all arguments about philosophy, science, history, and human nature." His polemical attack on religion portrays it as prone to violence, destructive of valuable human knowledge, sexually repressive, socially regressive, and just plain irrational. Those readers wondering if the title of the book, alluding to the standard Muslim invocation "God is great" ("Allahu Akbar"), means that this volume is aimed primarily at supporting Hitchens's well-known antipathy towards "Islamo-fascism" and support for the "War on Terror" should be assured that he tosses his polemical barbs at other religious targets here as well, including Christianity and Buddhism. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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In the tradition of Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris's recent bestseller, The End of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case
against religion. With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts, he documents the ways in which religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos. With eloquent clarity, Hitchens frames the argument for a more secular life based on science and
reason, in which hell is replaced by the Hubble Telescope's awesome view of the universe, and Moses and the burning bush give way to the beauty and symmetry
of the double helix.
Poses a case against organized religion that documents the myriad ways in which religion reflects human agendas and distorts sexuality and the perception of the origins of the universe, in a science-based analysis that considers the benefits of a secularworld.
Poses a case against organized religion that draws on an erudite reading of major religious texts, documenting the myriad ways in which religion reflects human agendas and distorts sexuality and the perception of the origins of the universe, in a science-based analysis that considers the benefits of a secular world.
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The acerbic journalist recounts the worst aspects of religious belief in a book that made him a National Book Award finalist.
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“What can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence.”
“The person who is certain, and who claims divine warrant for his certainty, belongs now to the infancy of our species.”
“In the very recent past, we have seen the Church of Rome befouled by its complicity with the unpardonable sin of child rape, or, as it might be phrased in Latin form, "no child's behind left.”
from “Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything”, by Christopher Hitchens 1949-2011
“We have no way to quantify the damage done by telling tens of millions of children that masturbation will make them blind, or that impure thoughts will lead to an eternity of torment, or that members of other faiths including members of their own families will burn, or that venereal disease will result from kisses. Nor can we hope to quantify the damage done by holy instructors who rammed home these lies and accompanied them with floggings and rapes and public humiliations. Some of those who "rest in unvistited tombs" may have contributed to the good of the world, but those who preached hatred and fear and guilt and who ruined innumerable childhoods should have been thankful that the hell they preached was only one among their wicked falsifications, and that they were not sent to rot there.” (Pg 55-56)
"The level of intensity fluctuates according to time and place, but it can be stated as a truth that religion does not, and in the long run cannot, be content with its own marvelous claims and sublime assurances. It must seek to interfere with the lives of nonbelievers, or heretics, or adherents of other faiths. It may speak about the bliss of the next world, but it wants power in this one. This is only to be expected. It is, after all, wholly man-made. And it does not have the confidence in its own various preachings even to allow coexistence between different faiths." (p.22)
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