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PDF ¿ BOOK God is Not Great How Religion Poisons Everything ´ CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS ´ With his uniue brand of erudition and wit Hitchens describes the ways in which religion is man made God did not make us he says We made God He explains the ways in which religion is immoral We damage our cWith his uniue brand of erudition and wit Hitchens describes the ways in which religion is man made God did not make us he says We made God He explains the ways in which religion is immoral We damage our children Let me begin this review by telling you that I'm an atheist In fact I'm with Douglas Adams in calling myself a radical atheist just to make sure that everyone gets the point Yes really It's in my profileSo my opinion about this book really has nothing to do with my personal convictions Well not my personal religious convictions of which there are none It has everything to do with my personal convictions as an atheist And as an atheist I'm offended by this bookHitchens is not and I uote from the numerous book reviews so helpfully printed on the first few pages of my paperback copywitty impressive entertaining funny challenging or GOD forbid pardon the pun excellentHe is not even polemical since that would reuire some factual discussion He is simply inflammatoryHitchens bashes religion in 341 pages complete with references and an index I guess that way he can pretend that his work has some academic value Now the book is called God is not great How Religion poisons everything What the hell did she expect this to be you will probably askLet me tell youI expected this to be a serious well presented argument of why the world would be better off without religion I expected there to be a theoretical discussion about how a world without religion can not only work but work better than one with religion And I expected there to be a dicussion and dissection of religious beliefs and their influence on human interaction and how these beliefs in a modern society are not necessary any andor are probably even hindering the development of our societyInstead I get 341 pages on the most stupidest things people do in the name of religion like fundamentalist muslims telling poor people not to get polio vaccinations and arguments like 'jews and muslims hate pigs because pigs are dirty and eat their young if they are trapped in little stables but the muslims completely stole that idea from the jew' complete with a really touching page on why pigs are really cute animals and that human babies love little pigs Cause you can never be wrong with the human baby argumentCause not eating pigs is really one of the worst problems caused by religions in modern times Poor pigs they feel all left out Well I don't eat pigs and I certainly don't think that makes me a bad person Just a mostly vegetarian one who can't stomach pig meatBut wait the pig thing is leading somewhere It is leading piggies beware to the oh so representative story of the muslims who because of the ban on pigs try to ban things like Winnie the Pooh or The Three little piglets Because yes that's certainly a REAL problem and you know EVERY muslim thinks that way Plus since America is SO GOOD with its non censorship policies it's always a really good idea for Americans to hold up the STOP CENSORSHIP banner to other nations this was sarcasm in case you couldn't tellI'm sorry but almost everyone I know is religious NO ONE I know is a radical muslim christian jew or whatever Maybe that's why I have the nagging feeling that most religious people are really uite normal and do not propose bans on children's books or tell people not to get vaccinated in the name of godAnd I really think pointing out the tiny minority of FREAKS in a religion any religion btw in order to ban the whole thing is kind of ineffective What does Hitches want to say with that? That religion is okay as long as they keep in check the radicals? As a radical atheist I'm confusedArguing with the most extreme examples is certain to get you heard but in my experience it isn't very effective It's too easy to say yes Hitchens you are right but religion isn't really like that The insert religious work of your choice doesn't really say that And then the normal religious people will lean back and stay as happily religious as they areThat there is a reason why people are religious that religions have shaped our societies and our behaviors as humans for as long as we can think?Hitchens doesn't mention itAnd that there is no need for religion in the present we live in that religion has in fact become THE factor that is most likely to hinder the evolution of humans as a race? Not a wordOr wait maybe he does mention that somewhere in the 241 pages I chose not to read because I have better things to do with my time But I doubt itI bought this book because I was led to believe that Hitchens is one THE top intellectuals of the USA and one of the important proponents of the so called new atheism whatever that isIf he is I feel sorry for us old atheists And I'm calling myself that because I most certainly do not want to be connected to a movement that does itself exactly what it criticizes in religious radicals attack and condemn without reason or explanation That's what Hitchens does in this book Hitchens may think that he is an atheist and he may argue on behalf of atheism But in doing so he turns his atheism into the one thing that I am strongly against a new religionAnd that does not only offend my as an atheist it also harms atheism as such Which is the fundamental difference between me and Hitches we both are convinced that there is no god But where I only want people to take responsibility for their own mistakes and to not blame a superior being where I want them to be human because they are and not because some religion dictates how and why they should be human Hitchens does not seem to think that far He just jumped onto the popular train new atheim? Really? to point his finger at the most outrageous and stupid examples of radical religious people he could findNewsflash Mr Hitchens there are idiots everywhere but you cannot judge the whole system upon themCase in pointPS Oh and I should probably mention that the book isn't very well written either The language especially the first chapter is pompous The structure of the arguments is at best random Also the author seems to have chosen not to religiously follow the rules of logic Or to you know be logical at allcloses book and throws it on the sale pile

PDF È God is Not Great How Religion Poisons Everything Á Christopher Hitchens

By indoctrinating them It is a cause of sexual repression violence and ignorance It is a distortion of our origins and the cosmos In the place of religion Hitchens offers the promise of a new enlightenment through As a fellow Atheist Mr Hitchens is preaching to choir so to speak in this informative captivating work in which Hitchens judiciously provides historically documented and personal examples of what he sees as an ever increasing war being waged by a variety of religious fundamental organizations In our very own country we have troops of well funded born again fanatics preaching hatred of anyone who doesn’t fall in line with their standards Worse these groups instill a deep rooted fear in the most vulnerable forced members of their congregation; young helpless defenseless children sometimes as young as three Hitchens provides chilling eye witness accounts of these tactics which are slowly tearing away at the fabric of this great nation Regardless of your religious beliefs if you have an open mind and enjoy reading well written fact based relevant nonfiction then you will enjoy this book Certainly deeply religious people may find certain parts upsetting as fundamental beliefs are challenged with factual cited information Hitchens has a way of peeling away the absurdity of certain religious beliefs and how these beliefs at their very core are contrary to very ideals shouted to the masses during worship services Something I learned at an early age as a baptized Roman Catholic about to be confirmed is that before anyone blindly accepts what they’ve been told over a period of time about a particular religion it is your right your responsibility and your duty to pick up a couple of books about Judaism Hindu Islam Buddhism Heavens Gate Kool Aid Lovers or whatever they were all about even Mormonism and Jehovah Witness and read Read about each of these religious Get a book along the lines of Religion for Dummies there is a joke in there somewhere and get an overview of what these groups are all about Then study philosophy and science and art and history Read Ayn Rand and Aristotle and Plato and study and research and think for yourself And then one day years later you’ll realize what is true for you and that will be your own religion There are too many great stories in Hitchens’ book but some of my personal favorites pertain to religious interference with women’s reproductive rights Islamic authorities of the Council of Ulemas in Indonesia urged that condoms only be made available to married coupled HUH? and then only with a prescription He also uotes an article from Foreign Policy magazine in which a n official of Pakistan’s AIDS Control Program stated that the AIDS problem was smaller in his country because of “better social and Islamic values” This in a state where the law allows a woman to be sentenced to be gang raped in order to expiate the “shame” of a crime committed by her brother Good ol’ repression and denial The building blocks of religion Pro or con Christian or Agnostic Cubs or White Sox This book will if nothing else be educational and thought provoking I give this FIVE Pac Mans

BOOK God is Not Great How Religion Poisons Everything

God is Not Great How Religion Poisons EverythingScience and reason a realm in which hope and wonder can be found through a strand of DNA or a gaze through the Hubble Telescope As Hitchens sees it you needn't get the blues once you discover the heavens are empt I'm probably going to court some hateful comments by trying to write a review of this book but I think Hitch would be proud that I am making the attemptI have been reading Hitch's work for years including his essays on mortality and atheism so I knew the gist of his arguments against religion but it was enlightening going through this entire book He synthesizes a tremendous amount of research from history philosophy science and current events and he argues that religion poisons everything No religion is spared his glare he gives time to all faiths and prophets He makes his case using his great wit and flair for words and the result is a compelling readHere are a few favorite passagesMany religions now come before us with ingratiating smirks and outspread hands like an unctuous merchant in a bazaar They offer consolation and solidarity and uplift competing as they do in a marketplace But we have a right to remember how barbarically they behaved when they were strong and were making an offer that people could not refuse And if we chance to forget what that must have been like we have only to look at those states and societies where the clergy still has the power to dictate its own terms The pathetic vestiges of this can still be seen in modern societies in the efforts made by religion to secure control over education or to exempt itself from tax or to pass laws forbidding people to insult its omnipotent and omniscient deity or even his prophetOn the Israeli Palestinian dispute and referencing a speech by Abba Eban Two peoples of roughly euivalent size had a claim to the same land Eban said the solution was obviously to create two states side by side Surely something so evident was within the wit of man to encompass? And so it would have been decades ago if the messianic rabbis and mullahs and priests could have been kept out of it But the exclusive claims to god given authority made by hysterical clerics on both sides and further stoked by Armageddon minded Christians who hope to bring on the Apocalypse preceded by the death or conversion of all Jews have made the situation insufferable and put the whole of humanity in the position of hostage to a uarrel that now features the threat of nuclear war Religion poisons everything As well as a menace to civilization it has become a threat to human survivalOn atheism and his co thinkers Our belief is not a belief Our principles are not a faith We do not rely solely upon science and reason because these are necessary rather than sufficient factors but we distrust anything that contradicts science or outrages reason We may differ on many things but what we respect is free inuiry openmindedness and the pursuit of ideas for their own sake We are not immune to the lure of wonder and mystery and awe we have music and art and literature and find that the serious ethical dilemmas are better handled by Shakespeare and Tolstoy and Schiller and Dostoyevsky and George Eliot than in the mythical morality tales of the holy books Literature not scripture sustains the mind and since there is no other metaphor also the soulHitch died in December 2011 and damn how I miss that brilliant cantankerous ol' rabble rouser If you have ever seen him interviewed or heard him give a speech you know he has a fantastic voice so I need to make a plug for his audiobooks which are excellently narrated And if you want to read some Hitchens but don't want to get all religion y I highly recommend his autobiography Hitch 22