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God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything [Kindle Edition]

Christopher Hitchens
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Dazzling... It shows Hitchens can still intellectually get it up, and
how... -- Johann Hari, The Independent

Hitchens's book will be manna to the converted -- Mary Riddell, Observer

'A serious and deeply felt book, totally consistent with his
beliefs of a lifetime. And God should be flattered: unlike most of those
clamoring for his attention, Hitchens treats him like an adult.' -- New York Times Book Review New York Times Book Review New York Times Book Review New York Times Book Review

'Thank God for Christopher Hitchens. For he has written the finest
of the down-with-God books.'
-- Esquire US

...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

Hitchens is a grand rhetorician, and his double-barrelled shotgun
of a book is high entertainment. -- Christopher Hart, Sunday Times

Like everything Christopher writes, it is often elegant,
frequently witty and never stupid or boring. -- Peter Hitchens, Mail on Sunday

Esquire US

'Thank God for Christopher Hitchens. For he has written the finest
of the down-with-God books.'

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Christopher Hitchens (1949-2011) was the author of Letters to a Young Contrarian, and the bestseller No One Left to Lie To: The Values of the Worst Family. A regular contributor to Vanity Fair, The Atlantic Monthly and Slate, Hitchens also wrote for The Weekly Standard, The National Review, and The Independent, and appeared on The Daily Show, Charlie Rose, The Chris Matthew's Show, Real Time with Bill Maher, and C-Span's Washington Journal. He was named one of the world's "Top 100 Public Intellectuals" by Foreign Policy and Britain's Prospect.

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122 of 125 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Review of the BAD in Religions 16 April 2012
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Christopher Hitchens died last year and until he died I had never heard of him. I read eulogies from his fellow journalists and then heard no more until last week when, by chance, I came across some video clips of Hitchens speaking about his views on religion and I found them fascinating.

I then found that Hitchens had written a book, God is not Great: how religion poisons everything. I bought the book and have now read it.

Firstly, I have only read a couple of chapters of Richard Dawkins The God Delusion and I have to say that Hitchens did a far better job than Dawkins.

Religious people do not like God is not Great. Not because it tests their faith but because of what it reveals about what goes on in the name of religion. Hitchens tells us, almost in passing, that he has received death threats, nasty phone calls and threats of violence for holding his view that he believes that religions poison everything.

Having been born and brought up in a country where freedom of speech is taken for granted, I wonder at who it could be that would so object to someone's views that they threaten murder. That's for their conscience!

As for the book, it is entertainingly written and full of stories aimed at the three main monotheisms: Christianity, Jewry, Islam. He regales us with story after story of the things that clerics hiding under these three banners get up to and have got up to for millennia. Hitchens reveals a great number of sources too: he's not just letting off steam.

I have to say that I read this book for the overview it provided and not to learn the deep and detailed information that Hitchens sometimes goes into: it's there if you want it, of course.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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This book is a diatribe from the pen of a superb and now sadly gone intellect and is terrifying to Christians, Muslims or any religion (man made and invented ) that believes in the ludicrous madness of supernatural life. Hitchens life has been threatened many many times simply for giving his opinions, truly religion is poisonous ( RIP Theo Van Gogh )
A cash in?, Hitchens just weighed in with his own opinion as was his nature. Any artist will strike while the iron is hot so that accusation is rather facile.
Also Hitchens is never scared to put his head above the parapet. An artist who creates with honesty puts himself on the line and invites opprobrium. The smug criticisms of this book are by armchair critics who do not have the courage or mettle to say something themselves.
The bible..hmm a great folkloric work made up by men in a primitive age when a gust of wind would drive humans to sacrifice any living thing even their children to keep the Djinns away. Nothing in it contributed by a woman (gods weaker and filthy invention according to many religions) Fables invented by men with a wee bit of twisted fact. No telly you see so scary entertainment had to be created to frighten the children, and keep the peasants bowed.
Yes its fascinating literature, only a fool would deny that, but its been the most promoted work the world has ever seen, had the free press been around the bible would have had competitors, many, many , many of them but there was none so Pauls brainchild gathered momentum like a big snowball. Reason and science is like the sun, its bright, it makes sense and melts snow, the bible is dripping.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Required reading for everyone 2 Sept. 2012
Looking at the number of 5 star reviews for this book you could be forgiven for thinking that this is possibly a really good book; it is. I have just completed this book today and was really impressed with the content.

The central premise of this book, as indicated by the subtitle "How religion Poisons Everything" is exactly that. This is exactly what the author proceeds to do in this book, namely spell out how religion has in the past on balance caused far more harm than good, and indeed continues to do so. The book does not set out to discuss whether or not god exists, but instead focuses on the harm done by religion and the way that religion influences its followers to behave in far worse ways than they might otherwise do. Hitchens also looks at a number of religious texts such as the Bible and the Koran to highlight sections where the readers are encouraged to do bad things.

I found the book very accessible and quite easy to read. Obviously I had to pause and think at times and also on occasion to pick up a dictionary to check on some words that I am unfamiliar with. But then, I expect to have to do this, otherwise there is no challenge and I might have to dismiss the book as too simple.

In general the book is both entertaining and informative. In my opinion it is really vital that people read such books. It really gets you thinking about religion in our society and the influence it has, and whether such religions should be accepted in the ways that they are.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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"This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill - the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill.... " Morpheus, The Matrix 1999.

Hitchens does not set out to disprove the existence of God. During the book he does point out some of the glaring inconsistencies and sickening immoralities contained in the main religious texts. But this is not its main focus. What he does is attack in devastating and visceral terms the last real defence upon which religions fall back - that we need them to make us behave better. Hitchens exposes the murder; needless death; restriction of free thought and scientific progress; child abuse (both physical and mental); and repression that are not just incidental to, but an essential part of all major religions.

The book is articulately argued by someone whose command of English is outstanding, without becoming inaccessible (with the minor exception of chapter 18) or verbose. The arguement in chapter 17 is a little weak, but apart from that the main point of the book is relentlessly driven home in an often witty way.

For believers - you may want to stick with the blue pill and not read the book.
For me this book burned away any semblence of doubt that religion is a good thing. This book is the red pill. It will free your mind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
God Is Not Great ...IS GREAT!! Excellent book for free thinkers everywhere. R.I.P. Chris Hitchens.
Published 3 days ago by Paul Boyle
3.0 out of 5 stars I was expecting more about the book. Is very ...
I was expecting more about the book. Is very well written but sometimes you just see the anger of the writer and in my opinion that sort of removes the strength of the argument. Read more
Published 6 days ago by fernando mantilla
5.0 out of 5 stars An eye opening book- must read
A great book, can be a bit hard going in places but worth it.
Published 16 days ago by C. M. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Indictment
A terrific book which should be required reading. An indictment against the control and brainwashing exercised by the major religions.
Published 19 days ago by Flossieraptor
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Fast delivery and well packed. Thanks. Good price too :-)
Published 23 days ago by S. M. Fone
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The sooner these types of books are read to children and in schools, the better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gives a range of bad things it is better we know about
Clearly written. Gives a range of bad things it is better we know about.
Published 1 month ago by Dorothy Chambers
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Published 1 month ago by Mrs Giovanna Knott
5.0 out of 5 stars what a fantastic book
A thoroughly thought provoking book which I couldn't put down. I recommend this to all believers and non believers alike. Maybe it can open ones mind further.
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