God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons EverythingPaperback
- Publisher: ATLANTIC BOOKS
- Format: Paperback | 320 pages
- Dimensions: 126mm x 196mm x 22mm | 220g
- Publication date: 1 March 2008
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1843545748
- ISBN 13: 9781843545743
- Illustrations note: ill
- Sales rank: 2,357
"God Is Not Great" is the ultimate case against religion. In a series of acute readings of the major religious texts, Christopher Hitchens demonstrates the ways in which religion is man-made, dangerously sexually repressive and distorts the very origins of the cosmos. Above all, Hitchens argues that the concept of an omniscient God has profoundly damaged humanity, and proposes that the world might be a great deal better off without 'him'.
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Christopher Hitchens (1949-2011) was a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and Visiting Professor in liberal studies at the New School in New York. He was the author of numerous books, including works on Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, George Orwell, Mother Theresa, Henry Kissinger and Bill and Hillary Clinton, as well as the international bestseller and National Book Award nominee, god Is Not Great.
By Janice Margaret Warne 02 Mar 2012
Christopher Hitchens 'God is not great' IS a great book!Intelligently set out, and covering the major, (and some minor) religions. I found it riveting, and my own thoughts on this hugely divisive subject put into a cogent argument for all free thinkers.My own experience as a four year old, dragged to my father's church, and screaming with terror at seeing the large life-like Jesus on a cross, with the mandatory bleeding head and wounds, I now view as child abuse. Yes, Hitchens covers ALL the blood sacrifices required by the various religions, and the history of non-believers, going back further than Socrates is informative. Indeed he also puts forward the view that throughout the ages, many people pretended to go along with the major religions in order to survive!
I recommend this book to all who wish to avail themselves of the argument that such a fine mind as Hitchens has written here. No doubt the many religious of all differing faiths, may be too fearful to do so.
Vale Christopher, you are sadly missed!
"'If Hitchens didn't exist, we wouldn't be able to invent him.' Ian McEwan 'Do yourself a favor and skip the Dawkins and Harris; they're smug, turgid, and boring, with all the human feeling of a tax return. Read Hitchens instead... A tendentious delight, a caustic and even brilliant book... Thank God for Christopher Hitchens.' - Mark Warren, Esquire 'Dazzling... A campaign to put this glittering anti-theist tract on the national curriculum for "religious education" should begin here.' - Johann Hari, Independent 'Hitchens is a grand rhetorician, and his double-barrelled shotgun of a book is high entertainment... As with Voltaire, his scornful laughter is a powerful weapon.' - Christopher Hart, Sunday Times 'The anti-religion case has never been put so well, so comprehensively or so definitively as in this razor-sharp book... Hitchens accumulates a devastating case... Outstanding.' - A.C. Grayling, Independent on Sunday 'Christopher Hitchens is a master craftsman of argument... God is not Great is undoubtedly the most boisterously entertaining contribution to the [atheism] debate.' - Siobhan Murphy, Metro 'God is not Great is easily the most brilliant and fascinating contemplation upon the role of religion in human society in recent times, the Das Kapital of a tolerant, if exasperated, atheism.' - Kevin Myers, Irish Independent"