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With his uniue brand of erudition and wit Hitchens describes the ways in which religion is man made God did not make us he says We made God He explains the ways in which religion is immoral We damage our children. A wicked witty condemnation of all things religious As a person of faith I find that Hitchens often sounds like a blind man ridiculing the value of Rembrandt and Van Gogh But he is particularly fine on the noxious ways in which religion intersects with the most murderous forms of politics And of course as is always the case with Hitchens the book is witty and well writtenAs a reader of the Nation for over a uarter of a century I enjoyed Christopher Hitchens political analysis and righteous invective for many years I always thought he was at his best when he attacked specific individuals for their public positions and private failings and his refusal like the best 18th century satirists to draw any line between the two I relished his take downs of Bob Hope Mel Gibson Michael Moore and the Dalai Lama and thought some of his best work was contained in his book length tirades against Bill Clinton Henry Kissinger and Mother Teresa the latter book distinguished by its outrageous title The Missionary PositionHitchens was outraged whenever he observed public figures overly praised for their few good deeds excused for their corrupt habitual practices and lauded for their wrong headed opinions He summoned every fact and argument fair or unfair in the service of his elouent and venomous pen fashioned an image of himself as a champion of truth and in so doing produced satire of a uality perhaps not seen since the days of Swift and Pope a uarter of a millennium agoUnfortunately Hitchens chooses to apply the same old formula in this attack on the Great Jehovah and for once he is out of his depth It is not so much that he lacks knowledge although his grasp of theological controversy is much weaker than his grip on practical politics but that he chooses to take God to task in much the same way he formerly used to criticize Jerry Falwell and Jesse Helms God may very well be a person as the orthodox Christian theologians maintain but if so he is not a person in the precisely same sense for example that George Galloway and Cindy Sheehan are personsIn attacking God himself in this way Hitchens reveals his own pettiness appearing less like a great moralist and like a peevish gadfly It is a pity too for many of the great religious crimes he chronicles would constitute in some other book a devastating condemnation of organized religion itselfNow if Hitch would have instead written a book about Bin Laden or Pat Robertson or about John Paul II or Benedict XVI what an excellent polemic it might have been

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God is Not Great How Religion Poisons EverythingBy indoctrinating them It is a cause of sexual repression violence and ignorance It is a distortion of our origins and the cosmos In the place of religion Hitchens offers the promise of a new enlightenment through. Witty fact based amusing rant I laughed out loud many timesI think part of the rage Hitchens encounters derives from the fact that he is funny If he put on a scholarly serious tone and imitated the behaviour of priests in the way he poses his arguments he would not be hated in the way he is But the ridicule makes him a target I happen to like entertaining arguments than tedious nonsensical discussions on evidence for made up assertions and cheer Hitchens on when he offers his own beware literalists ironical belief“My own view is that this planet is used as a penal colony lunatic asylum and dumping ground by a superior civilization to get rid of the undesirable and unfit I can't prove it but you can't disprove it either”If there is one thing I would like to add it is my amusement at discussions between scientists and creationists Besides the fact that scientists will happily accept new evidence and change their theories if knowledge in their field expands as opposed to creationists who stubbornly will change reality to fit their ancient ideas from an illiterate patriarchal and tribal era there is another flaw in the creationist vindictive search for loopholes in evolutionary scienceEven if they happen to prove that evolutionists made a mistake or two in their research that does not by any means make their own claims valid Why is the default setting a minority Christian fundamentalist belief in the literal truth of the Bible ANY other explanation is eually valid without proof The world on the turtle's back the simulation of a brain in a vat anything can be true if we do not accept evidence as a basis As far as I am concerned there is proof in the world for Greek gods than for the so called justice of the monotheistic gods in their various interpretationsAnd Hitchens makes a beautiful statement for the diversity of gods in the human world of notorious storytellers“God did not create man in his own image Evidently it was uite the other way about which is the painless explanation for the profusion of gods and religions and the fratricide both between and among faiths that we see all about us and that has so retarded the development of civilization” So I guess in 17th century Europe I would now be burned as a witch Can I please have a trial like the one in Monty Python's Holy Grail I'll wear a false nose and wart if necessary Crowd A witch A witch A witch We found a witch We've got a witch A witch A witch We have found a witch May we burn her How do you know she is a witch She looks like one Bring her forward I'm not a witch I'm not a witch But you are dressed as one They dressed me like this No we didn't And this isn't my nose It's a false one Well We did do the nose The nose And the hat But she is a witch Did you dress her up like this No no Yes A bit She has got a wart What makes you think she's a witch She turned me into a newt A newt I got better Burn her anyway uiet uiet There are ways of telling whether she is a witch Are there What are they Tell us Do they hurt Tell me what do you do with witches Burn them And what do you burn apart from witches More witches Wood So why do witches burn 'Cause they're made of wood Good How do we tell if she is made of wood Build a bridge out of her But can you not also make bridges out of stone Oh yeah Does wood sink in water No it floats Throw her into the pond What also floats in water Bread Apples Very small rocks Cider Great gravy Cherries Mud Churches Lead A duck Exactly So logically If she weighs the same as a duck she's made of wood And therefore A witch A duck A duck Here's a duck We shaIl use my largest scales Burn the witch Remove the supports A witch It's a fair cop Who are you who are so wise in the ways of science I am Arthur king of the Britons

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God is Not Great How Religion Poisons Everything Read & Download ´ 4 ´ With his uniue brand of erudition and wit Hitchens describes the ways in which religion is man made God did not make us he says We made God He explains the ways in which religion is immoral We damage our children by indoctrinating them It is aScience and reason a realm in which hope and wonder can be found through a strand of DNA or a gaze through the Hubble Telescope As Hitchens sees it you needn't get the blues once you discover the heavens are empt. I'm probably going to court some hateful comments by trying to write a review of this book but I think Hitch would be proud that I am making the attemptI have been reading Hitch's work for years including his essays on mortality and atheism so I knew the gist of his arguments against religion but it was enlightening going through this entire book He synthesizes a tremendous amount of research from history philosophy science and current events and he argues that religion poisons everything No religion is spared his glare he gives time to all faiths and prophets He makes his case using his great wit and flair for words and the result is a compelling readHere are a few favorite passagesMany religions now come before us with ingratiating smirks and outspread hands like an unctuous merchant in a bazaar They offer consolation and solidarity and uplift competing as they do in a marketplace But we have a right to remember how barbarically they behaved when they were strong and were making an offer that people could not refuse And if we chance to forget what that must have been like we have only to look at those states and societies where the clergy still has the power to dictate its own terms The pathetic vestiges of this can still be seen in modern societies in the efforts made by religion to secure control over education or to exempt itself from tax or to pass laws forbidding people to insult its omnipotent and omniscient deity or even his prophetOn the Israeli Palestinian dispute and referencing a speech by Abba Eban Two peoples of roughly euivalent size had a claim to the same land Eban said the solution was obviously to create two states side by side Surely something so evident was within the wit of man to encompass And so it would have been decades ago if the messianic rabbis and mullahs and priests could have been kept out of it But the exclusive claims to god given authority made by hysterical clerics on both sides and further stoked by Armageddon minded Christians who hope to bring on the Apocalypse preceded by the death or conversion of all Jews have made the situation insufferable and put the whole of humanity in the position of hostage to a uarrel that now features the threat of nuclear war Religion poisons everything As well as a menace to civilization it has become a threat to human survivalOn atheism and his co thinkers Our belief is not a belief Our principles are not a faith We do not rely solely upon science and reason because these are necessary rather than sufficient factors but we distrust anything that contradicts science or outrages reason We may differ on many things but what we respect is free inuiry openmindedness and the pursuit of ideas for their own sake We are not immune to the lure of wonder and mystery and awe we have music and art and literature and find that the serious ethical dilemmas are better handled by Shakespeare and Tolstoy and Schiller and Dostoyevsky and George Eliot than in the mythical morality tales of the holy books Literature not scripture sustains the mind and since there is no other metaphor also the soulHitch died in December 2011 and damn how I miss that brilliant cantankerous ol' rabble rouser If you have ever seen him interviewed or heard him give a speech you know he has a fantastic voice so I need to make a plug for his audiobooks which are excellently narrated And if you want to read some Hitchens but don't want to get all religion y I highly recommend his autobiography Hitch 22