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5.0 out of 5 stars Clever, Very Readable and Pretty Convincing Too, 2 Jun. 2007
This review is from: God is Not Great: The Case Against Religion (Hardcover)
Firstly - I've read the US version of this book, "God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything", this is why I can write a review.

If you just want to comment on Hitchens/Atheism in general (either for or against) then please do it somewhere else!

I wasn't the greatest Hitchens fan but I have to admit that this book is something special. It's well written with lots of entertaining anecdotes and is easily more readable than Dawkins "The God Delusion". The pages fly by and his points are interesting and well made.

Obviously I was expecting a rabid attack on all things godly yet Hitchens turns out to be cleverer than that. He insists that people should be free to believe what they want - they just shouldn't try to force their beliefs on others. There's the expected examination of the Abrahamic religions here (yes, including Islam) but also critiques of other faiths too. Intelligent and inventive, this was far far better than the book that I was expecting.

Overall it's a great read with a convincing message that has convinced me to look at Hitchens back catalogue to see what other gems are hidden there...

I dare you to read this!
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Posted on 25 Sep 2011 18:35:47 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jun 2012 15:27:10 BDT
Jez Davis says:
But you see Miss Collison, many people who find themselves on the receiving end of you `sharing' your faith find it irritating that you are pursuing them with nothing more than a fairy story. A fairy story, moreover, for whose veracity you have absolutely no proof or evidence whatsoever.

You are, of course, free to practice your religion but please do so ensuring that you do not poison the mind of a single innocent child with your misogynistic, capricious, doctrinaire nonsense. And, if I could ask one more favour, try also to get over the urge to evangelise (a word you seem to have misplaced in your passionate description of your faith's shortcomings). There are countless constraints in your bible that you've conveniently let slip (I assume among them the requirement to stone to death disobedient children) so please also let slide the exhortation to bother others with your tales of a vengeful, jealous and murderous sky-daddy - WHO LOVES ME (?!)

Silly person.

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In reply to an earlier post on 8 Dec 2013 18:25:03 GMT
Ms B Haven says:
How ignorant of you to claim that it is only western cultures and religions who are charitable! I am not a follower of the Islamic faith yet am aware that considering and giving money to the needy is part and parcel of Eid, and as Christians give to church so do Muslims to the mosque. Me thinks you are rather blinkered *sigh*

You talk of hospitality and architecture as if they are purely religious inventions, yet even so they are not relevant here.. Have you even read the book!?

Your right, I am bored.. But that is solely down to your fixation on taking the title of the book literally.. Wow
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