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It's exactly what it claims to be,
This review is from: God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything (Paperback)
This book is EXTREMELY well written. Witty, informative, and determined.
Many one-star-ers have noted that this book is one of two things:
1. The Atheist Camp claim that this book is not as 'good' as the God Delusion by Richard Dawkins - the arguments are difficult to follow, it's not as scientific or academic as it might be.
Well, Christopher is not a scientist. The book is a fantastic diatribe against the parties of God - it doesn't claim to be anything more. It's a wonderful contribution to atheistic literature. It's funny, clever and well-researched. It's not supposed to be an academic thesis.
2. The God Camp claim that Hitchens succeed in attacking religion, but doesn't manage to prove that God himself does not exist.
While he outlines his reasons for not believing in God, Hitchens does not set out to prove that God does not exist. He sets out to do what it says underneath his main title - to demonstrate how religion poisons everything - and he does a fantastic job.
This book is highly recommended to those who want to laugh and cry at the same time.
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In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jan 2011 22:26:25 GMT
M. Rhodes says:
Perhaps the book should be retitled 'People are not great'. I personally think the small number of evil people would still be evil whether there was religion or not - it is often an excuse! Football hooligans, gangs on streets etc. are part of 'groups' also conducting themselves inappropriately.
In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jan 2011 09:44:23 GMT
Billy Bosworth says:
This is off-topic. You are supposed to be reviewing the book, not having a personal rant!
In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jul 2011 15:01:20 BDT
Huck Flynn says:
he doesn't say "religion is evil" but gives lots of examples where it has been a suppressive and oppressive influence on the lives of people and used to justify contemptible acts. Also how it impedes progress, subjugates minorities (women and gays) and clings to ridiculous traditions eg the mutilation of human genitalia. in hitchens mind religion is man made and unnecessary in modern times. he doesn't think you need to be religious to be good - why should you be credited with goodness if your motive is to collect heavenly rewards?
In reply to an earlier post on 29 Dec 2011 18:20:21 GMT
Mr. Mar D. Clarke says:
A couple of questions, how many priests in the very same middle ages told people, who couldn't read, to give everything to the church or they go to hell?
Short version, a lot, and they generally kept a lot of that given wealth to fund their own comfort.
The church had the templars run rampant across a large portion of the world taking money for such terrible acts and using said money for making the beautiful architecture that you seem to praise so highly.
Sure there are always exceptions to any argument, but a lot of religion's history is covered in blood.
It is only in today's world of instantly worldwide communication and more powerful weapons that the catholic, christian and many other churches have tamed their behaviour.
And yet there are still religious zealots in our world that believe they are just in doing terrible acts to support that religion's tennets.
In reply to an earlier post on 30 Dec 2011 09:41:17 GMT
Amazon Customer says:
I do a lot of voluntary work for charity, and donate a lot of money to other charities. I am also an aethist, therefore you can't claim that all charitable giving is because of religion. Your comment has just made me buy this book, so thank you :-)
In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jan 2012 00:32:44 GMT
Mr. R. N. Fraser says:
Ralph Fraser:---Nevertheless, a lot of blood has been spilled in the name of religion, and, we must question the abuse of children who were in the care of the Church and consider the number of children 'fathered' by supposedly celibate priests.
You give a very romantic view of 'religion'.There are many great structures [the Empire State building, Palace of Versaillesl] which have nothing to do with religion....I am not religious but give to charities and finally, care for the sick and needy is a "humanitarian" act[ASIN:B0064M9WHK God is not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything]]
Posted on 28 Apr 2012 08:18:24 BDT
Colin Harlow says:
I fully agree with this review by Simon. Hitchens does a powerfully convincing job in illustrating that far more bad comes, and has come from, religion than good. It also highlights how religion has influenced bad, rather than good behaviour. Great book!
In reply to an earlier post on 24 May 2012 12:37:10 BDT
S. A. Leach says:
Your mistake is not to realise that his "bias" against religion is based on hard facts. It's not bias, it's just being sensible in the face of overwhelming evidence.
In reply to an earlier post on 6 Dec 2012 21:13:48 GMT
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M. Rhodes says:
Perhaps the book should be retitled 'People are not great'. I personally think the small number of evil people would still be evil whether there was religion or not - it is often an excuse! Football hooligans, gangs on streets etc. are part of 'groups' also conducting
Whilst I can't disagree with this premise, the point is often made by the credulous that people of faith have superior morals, and adhere to them precisely because they are divinely sanctioned? Your posts seems to be suggesting that this not the case? Which of course I agree with, it's just an observation.