God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything (Paperback)

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When I was growing up faith was something that was a sacred and private
matter. Your faith was something you no more discussed with strangers
than your love life. Times have changed; people wear their faith on
their sleeve, and on their ties, and on their car’s bumper. Every
politician must explain their own personal relationship with the
all-mighty. God Is Not Great is one of the latest books which discusses
the relevance of faith in the modern world. With humor and wit
Christopher Hitchens walks through many of the arguments against faith.
Out of the most recent publications about atheism this is my favorite.
If you, like me have come to question the morality of a church that
spends more time protecting pedophile priests than it does the poor; a
faith that turns killers into martyrs; a religion that declares divine
ownership of land, then it may be time for you to give this good book a
read.

— Matt

Description


Whether you're a lifelong believer, a devout atheist, or someone who remains uncertain about the role of religion in our lives, this insightful manifesto will engage you with its provocative ideas.

With a close and studied reading of the major religious texts, Christopher Hitchens documents the ways in which religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos. With eloquent clarity, Hitchens frames the argument for a more secular life based on science and reason, in which hell is replaced by the Hubble Telescope's awesome view of the universe, and Moses and the burning bush give way to the beauty and symmetry of the double helix.

In the tradition of Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris's The End of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion.

About the Author


Christopher Hitchens is a widely published polemicist and frequent radio and TV commentator. He is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and a visiting professor of liberal studies at the New School in New York.

Praise For…


"[An] impressive and enjoyable attack on everything so many people hold dear... Hitchens has outfoxed the Hitchens watchers by writing a serious and deeply felt book, totally consistent with his beliefs of a lifetime. And God should be flattered: unlike most of those clamoring for his attention, Hitchens treats him like an adult."New York Times Book Review

"[Hitchens] has somehow turned out an atheist book that, whatever one's stance on divine providence, is thoroughly enjoyable...in its profane interrogation of the sacred, [it] achieves a kind of joyous impudence...His narrative leans briskly and unrelentingly forward, subverting an unsettling all kinds of complacencies, religious and otherwise."—Joseph Rago, Wall Street Journal
Product Details
ISBN: 9780446697965
ISBN-10: 0446697966
Publisher: Twelve
Publication Date: April 6th, 2009
Pages: 336
Language: English
 

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