Top positive review
God might not be great but this book definitely is.
on 8 May 2018
The book is built around a simple concept: man made god(a) and the world’s religions are based on myth, hearsay and second hand stories written decades if not centuries after they happened. The sacred texts often plagiarise others and similar stories appear repeatedly. One by one he has a pop at the arguments for religion, believers are often far worse behaved than their atheist counterparts, and far from setting good examples to the young religions mutilate their genitals and other horrific practices.
The chapter on atrocities done by secular regimes was the least convincing. Hitller and Stalin did not need religions to carry out their murders, and although they certainly had some implicit or explicit support most leaders were too scared to offer much resistance - especially if reprisals meant others were targeted.
Overall, it is an absorbing read, even though the book will convince nobody who isn’t firmly in the sceptical camp. As Christopher points out, we need a new Age of Enlightenment but alas, for hundreds of millions of people this is a long way off.