The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice

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Verso, 1995 - Biography & Autobiography - 98 pages
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In a frank expose of the Teresa cult, Hitchens details the nature and limits of one woman's mission to the world's poor. He probes the source of the heroic status bestowed upon an Albanian nun whose only declared wish is to serve God. He asks whether Mother Teresa's good works answer any higher purpose than the need of the world's privileged to see someone, somewhere, doing something for the Third World. He unmasks pseudo-miracles, questions Mother Teresa's fitness to adjudicate on matters of sex and reproduction, and reports on a version of saintly ubiquity which affords genial relations with dictators, corrupt tycoons and convicted frauds.

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User Review  - Chuck - Goodreads

5-stars My mind is blown. If Hitchens was right, and I know of no reason to believe otherwise, Mother Teresa was actually anything but a good person. Since I happened across this article from Hitchens ... Read full review

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User Review  - James - Goodreads

Curious how quickly the semblance of saintliness affixed to Mother Teresa seems to fade with the author's careful inspection. Hitchens presents a compelling case, with references to first-hand ... Read full review



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Page ix - Philosophers stretch the meaning of words until they retain scarcely anything of their original sense. They give the name of "God" to some vague abstraction which they have created for themselves; having done so they can pose before all the world as deists, as believers in God...

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Christopher Hitchens is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and the author of the best-selling God Is Not Great. His books published by Verso include The Trial of Henry Kissinger, No One Left to Lie To, The Missionary Position, Unacknowledged Legislation, The Parthenon Marbles, Hostage to History, and more.

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