God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

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McClelland & Stewart, Nov 19, 2008 - Social Science - 320 pages
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Christopher Hitchens, described in the London Observer as “one of the most prolific, as well as brilliant, journalists of our time” takes on his biggest subject yet–the increasingly dangerous role of religion in the world.

In the tradition of Bertrand Russell’s Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris’s recent bestseller, The End Of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion. With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts, he 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.


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Great writer, great thinker. However, I often found myself wishing for less anecdote and more data. Read full review

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If one is already a card-carrying Atheist, the arguments against the faith-and-belief in a god are familiar, but well presented. But if one is a questioning believer, Hitchins is a fine Virgil to ... Read full review

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Contents

One Putting It Mildly
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Two Religion Kills
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Three A Short Digression on the Pig
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Eleven
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Five The Metaphysical Claims of Religion Are False 3
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Thirteen
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Fourteen
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Nine The Koran Is Borrowed from Both Iewish
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Ten The TlllitS of the Miraculous
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Sixteen
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Eighteen
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CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS, a contributing editor to Vanity Fair, Slate, and The Atlantic, authored numerous books, including works on Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, and George Orwell. He was also the author of the international bestsellers god Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything and Hitch-22: A Memoir. He died in December 2011.

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