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Hitchens vs Blair

Hitchens vs Blair [Kindle Edition]

Christopher Hitchens
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An intellectual faceoff... full of sharp humour and a little pathos (Guardian )

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Is religion a force for good in the World?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 195 KB
  • Print Length: 90 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0552777900
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (4 Aug 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005E87E5M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #90,488 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two 'Socialist' Titans battle it out 5 Aug 2011
By Magic Lemur VINE VOICE
Although I'm not a socialist myself, I do find that the best type of old politician you can meet is an old socialist. Somehow age seems to mellow any militancy of their youth (especially in the case of Hitchens) and what remains has usually aged like fine wine.

And I found one of the enduring memories I had after I read this book is of the Comradely warmth expressed by Christopher Hitchens towards Blair towards the end of the debate (pages 49-52) and the reciprocation of this. How refreshing this is when compared to Hitchens' bitter debate with Galloway or Blair's fractious relations with Gordon Brown!

This aside I found this a fascinating debate and can honestly say that I rarely enjoyed a polemical text more. Certainly as a debate it outclasses anything Hansard or C-SPAN has to offer shows two highly skilled orators skillfully marshall their arguments.

Of course there is always going to be a winner and, although I shan't plot-spoil, Hitchens is the better man in this field but only just. Tony Blair may not be as used to debating religion, but he still makes good use of language in conveying his argument (e.g. in saying "my point is very simple...").
Rather surprisingly Blair does also have some convincing arguments in favour of religion being a force for good. For instance he compares it to politics and journalism and how there is always bad eggs in all fields and even Nicky Gumbel's work Searching Issues (Alpha) is not quite as crisp as Blair's arguments.

Sadly the old Hitler/ Stalin/ Mao arguments do rear their ugly heads, but only briefly and there is no long boring diversions into other fields.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No Contest 15 Jan 2014
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Hitchens distroys Blair. But is too much the gentleman to put the boot in. I enjoyed the book, but wished Hitchens had shown no mercy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Listen 26 Dec 2013
Blair could not match Hitchens as expected, having to resort to stupid religious logic. Religion + power is dangerous.
Hitchens has courage Blair doesn't.
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As the great American physicist Steven Weinberg has very aptly put it, in the ordinary moral universe the good will do the best they can, the worst will do the worst they can, but if you want to make good people do wicked things, youll need religion. &quote;
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I would echo that and say that as long as you dont want your religion taught to my children in school, given a government subsidy, and imposed on me by violence, you are fine by me. I would prefer not even to know what it is you do in that church of yours. In fact, if you force it on my attention I will consider it a breach of that pact. Have your own bloody Christmas, thats all. Do your slaughtering, if possible, in an abattoir, and dont mutilate the genitals of your children. Because then Im afraid it gets within the ambit of law. &quote;
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Name me one religion that stands for the empowerment of women or ever has. &quote;
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