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God Is Not Great

How Religion Poisons Everything

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Description

Whether you're a lifelong believer, a devout atheist, or someone who remains uncertain about the role of religion in our lives, this insightful manifesto will engage you with its provocative ideas.

With a close and studied reading of the major religious texts, Christopher Hitchens 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.

In the tradition of Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris's The End of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion.

From Publishers Weekly

Mar 12, 2007 – 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.

Customer Reviews

Ballsy

Our favorite Vanity Fair author takes the ballsy approach once more, delivering an all-out attack on all aspects of religion. Wether you're a believer or an atheist, you shall enjoy every line of every paragraph in this book, as it is delivered in such a way that would make Hippocrates himself feel jealous.

A well deserved 5 stars.

Wake-up

Hopefully this perfectly written "call to arms", if you will, can have the intended effect of making the logical argument of religion's poisonous stranglehold on impressionable cultures shine in the limelight. Without pulling punches Hitchens gives real-world, real-time, and real-applicable examples of how horrifying religion can be. A must read

Think

Do not attempt to casually read this book. The autopilot mode of reading that usually guides me through books was ineffective here, this is a book that requires you to think. Skillfully woven content that never insulted my intelligence nor displayed linguistic snobbery kept me in entertained from beginning to end.
Updated from the print version, on the iPad people smile at me when reading this book in public. ( which is bittersweet )

God Is Not Great
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Religion & Spirituality
  • Published: May 01, 2007
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Seller: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Print Length: 320 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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