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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 Dec 2012 21:16:31 GMT
Another point worth mentioning is that your charitable act could be seem as more altruistic as you expect no reward for it, and are doing it for it's own sake.
Posted on 3 Jan 2013 22:51:02 GMT
J Grainger says:
Posted on 12 Mar 2013 11:30:14 GMT
Bob Hutton says:
I am a born-again Christian and, strictly speaking, religion does poison everything. However, it is not religion that I believe in but knowing Jesus as a personal Saviour. In the early church there was a strict seperation between church and state. The Christians were heavily persecuted but the church grew - big time. However, when Constatine declared the Christian faith to be the "State religion" many people claimed to be Christians because it was part of the state system, and not because they had a genuine faith in their hearts.
This led to the absurd situation whereby the "state Christians" then persecuted the genuine born-again believers who knew Jesus as their personal Saviour. This also led to the inquisition and the enforcing of "belief" by threat of imprisonment. I believe Constantine's declaration of the Christian faith to be the state religion was a disaster. It led inexorably to all the abuses of power that so-called Christian churches were guilty of over the centuries.
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