Christopher Hitchens has been hailed as one of the most brilliant journalists of our time' (London Observer). Here he makes the ultimate case against organised religion. With a detailed 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 ...Read MoreChristopher Hitchens has been hailed as one of the most brilliant journalists of our time' (London Observer). Here he makes the ultimate case against organised religion. With a detailed 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. 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. With chapters entitled Religion Kills, The New' Testament Exceeds the Evil of the Old' One, The Koran is Borrowed from Both Jewish and Christian Myths, and Is Religion Child Abuse? Hitchens argues for a more secular life based on science and reason rather than the myths of a man-made wish. Christopher Hitchens is the author of Letters to a Young Contrarian, and the bestseller NoOne Left to Lie To: The Values of the Worst Family. A regular contributor to Vanity Fair, The Atlantic MonthlyRead Less
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Anyone believing that politics should be run by religious ideology should first read this book. It is a great expose' on what we are not being informed of about our faiths and their influence on the world. Many, I think, would be surprised at what is being done in the name of their faith. Very poignant facts are revealed to illustrate how religious thought in public life are poisoning the very foundations of our social structure and how religion is not held accountable when their own practices violate universal standards of decent behavior. Whether your a fundamentalist Christian, an extreme Muslim or an ultra conservative Jew, the things being done in the name of God these days is nothing short of evil and sacrilegious and Mr. Hitchens does a wonderful job of calling these supposed men of God out onto the carpet. A must read for any self critical thinker and a tour de force for all humanists.
Mar 21, 2013
An Angry Assessment
Let me state right off that I'm rather on the other side of this argument from Mr. Hitchens. That being said, I've long admired his writing, and he is pretty effective here.
I will say that there's a lot of anger evident in this book's reasoning, and sometimes he seems to be pulling out straw men and women to serve as his examples of how evil religion is. But all in all he makes a good case worth thinking about whatever your personal beliefs are. I would love to read someone thoughtful taking on his points from the other side of the aisle.
May 24, 2012
Best book I have ever read about religion. Interesting, compelling and honest. It is comforting to know that there are people in this world that share my opnions especially when that someone is brilliant, articulate, educated and well informed. Very educational because I grew up in Communist Russia and I find some of the religious beliefs very similiar to comminist ideology such as a doctrinal position in both cases that "their" TRUTH is innerant and infallible.
Paul E H
Feb 23, 2012
Great Review of the problems of all religions
A must read for believers of all religious. Read why you are being poisoned by any and all religions. Hey, it is all about the power they try to exert over you and most especially if you are female!!!!
Oct 21, 2010
Open Your Mind
Should be required reading for all religionists.
That's all I had to say about it, but Alibris won't let me publish my review unless it has at least 50 characters - so here ya go!
Publishers Weekly, 2007-03-12 Hitchens, one of our great political pugilists, delivers the best of the recent rash of atheist manifestos. The same contrarian spirit that makes him delightful reading as a political commentator, even (or especially) when he's completely wrong, makes him an entertaining huckster prosecutor once he has God placed in the dock. And can he turn a phrase!: "monotheistic religion is a plagiarism of a plagiarism of a hearsay of a hearsay, of an illusion of an illusion, extending all the way back to a fabrication of a few nonevents." Hitchens's one-liners bear the marks of considerable sparring practice with believers. Yet few believers will recognize themselves as Hitchens associates all of them for all time with the worst of history's theocratic and inquisitional moments. All the same, this is salutary reading as a means of culling believers' weaker arguments: that faith offers comfort (false comfort is none at all), or has provided a historical hedge against fascism (it mostly hasn't), or that "Eastern" religions are better (nope). The book's real strength is Hitchens's on-the-ground glimpses of religion's worst face in various war zones and isolated despotic regimes. But its weakness is its almost fanatical insistence that religion poisons "everything," which tips over into barely disguised misanthropy. (May 30) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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