God is not great: How religion poisons everything by C. Hitchens Book Review. Geoff W Sutton. BOOK REVIEWS Koester sees the role of religion to have been scripture and child-abusing clergy. Christopher Hitchens. Download pdf. Christopher Hitchens () was an English-born American author, journalist and World Affairs and the author of God is not Great and many other books. was well known for his numerous books, essays in Vanity Fair, and bestsellers: In the Foreword to the book Carter refers to Christopher Hitchens as “one of.
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Next, generative in the westward expansion, in frontier Hitchens adumbrates his thesis as: psychology, and the rise of unprecedented four irreducible objections to reli- uniquely American fundamentalist sects. Perhaps gious faith: that it wholly misrepre- her proposal to write a biography of H. Stowe sents the origins of man and the should not surprise us since the author perceives cosmos, that because of this original the role of religion to have been crucial in the error it manages to combine the max- resolution of slavery issues, the interpretation of imum of servility with the maximum the Civil War in American idealism, and the of solipsism, that it is both the result development of the doctrine of Manifest Destiny. These deal with the vio- ernist, Conservative-Liberal controversies, the lence and mayhem visited upon one religious early feminist movements, intensification of group by another in the name of their particular American industrialization, and the new interna- faith chapter 2. He inserts an odd essay on the tionalism, and the effect they had on our reli- religious denigration of pigs chapter 3 , attacks gious consciousness.
Bush and American foreign policy in South and Central America. He left The Nation in after profoundly disagreeing with other contributors over the Iraq War. His son, Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens, born in , has worked as a policy researcher in London.
Hitchens continued writing essay-style correspondence pieces from a variety of locales, including Chad , Uganda  and the Darfur region of Sudan. Hitchens called it love at first sight.
Therein they swore that their then friend Sidney Blumenthal had described Monica Lewinsky as a stalker. This allegation contradicted Blumenthal's own sworn deposition in the trial,  and it resulted in a hostile exchange of opinion in the public sphere between Hitchens and Blumenthal. Following the publication of Blumenthal's The Clinton Wars, Hitchens wrote several pieces in which he accused Blumenthal of manipulating the facts.
Hitchens later responded to his ranking with a few articles about his status as such. I gave it the partly ironic title: 'Can One Be a Neoconservative?
Relying mainly on anecdotal evidence, he argued that there is less societal pressure for women to practice humour and that "women who do it play by men's rules".
He concludes the chapter writing of the religious "wish for obliteration"—for a death in the form of the day of the Apocalypse.
Chapter Five: The Metaphysical Claims of Religion Are False[ edit ] Hitchens begins by saying that the strong faith that could stand up to any form of reason is long gone. He compares the popular knowledge of the world in Thomas Aquinas 's time to what we now know about the world. He uses the example of Laplace —"It works well enough without that [God] hypothesis"  —to demonstrate that we do not need God to explain things; he claims that religion becomes obsolete as an explanation when it becomes optional or one among many different beliefs.
He concludes that the leap of faith is not just one leap; it is a leap repeatedly made, and a leap that becomes more difficult to take the more it is taken: which is why so many religionists now feel the need to move beyond mere faith and cite evidence for their beliefs. Chapter Six: Arguments From Design[ edit ] Hitchens says that Abrahamic religions are used to making people feel like lowly sinners, encouraging low self-esteem, while at the same time leading them to believe that their creator genuinely cares for them, thus inflating their sense of self-importance.
He says that superstition to some extent has a "natural advantage", being that it was contrived many centuries before the modern age of human reason and scientific understanding, and discusses a few examples as well as so-called miracles.
He discusses the design arguments, using examples such as the human body wearing out in old age as bad design. He writes that if evolution had taken a slightly different course, there would be no guarantee at all that organisms remotely like us would ever have existed.
He notes that Moses "continually makes demented pronouncements 'He that is wounded in the stones, or hath his privy member cut off, shall not enter into the congregation of the Lord'. Hitchens does argue that the "multiple authors—none of whom published anything until many decades after the Crucifixion—cannot agree on anything of importance",  "the gospels are most certainly not literal truth",  and there is "little or no evidence for the life of Jesus".
Comparing the Testaments, he considers the New Testament "also a work of crude carpentry, hammered together long after its purported events, and full of improvised attempts to make things come out right". He points out that, while H. Mencken considered some of the New Testament events to be historically verifiable, Mencken maintained that "most of them He says that there is no record by any Roman historian of any Augustan census, and that, although "the Jewish chronicler Josephus mentions one that did occur—without the onerous requirement for people to return to their places of birth", it was undertaken "six years after the birth of Jesus is supposed to have taken place".
He also notes that Herod died in 4 BC, and that Quirinius was not governor of Syria during his tenure. Hitchens refers to The Passion of the Christ as "a soap-opera film about the death of Jesus In Hitchens's view, the film attempts tirelessly to blame the death of Jesus on the Jews.
He claims that Gibson did not realize that the four Gospels were not at all historical records, and that they had multiple authors, all being written many decades after the crucifixion —and, moreover, that they do not agree on anything "of importance" e.
He cites many contradictions in this area. He states that the "feebleness" of the Bible is a result of the fact that until recently, Christians faced with arguments against the logic or factualness of the Bible "could simply burn or silence anybody who asked any inconvenient questions".
Hitchens asserts that there is no evidence for any of the "miraculous" claims about Muhammad , and that the Koran's origin was not supernatural.
He contends that the religion was fabricated by Muhammad or his followers and that it was borrowed from other religious texts, and the hadith was taken from common maxims and sayings which developed throughout Arabia and Persia at the time.
He identifies similarities between Islam and Christianity, and notes several plagiarisms of the Jewish faith. Hitchens says that no supernatural miracles occur, nor have occurred in history. He says that evidence of miracles is fabricated, or based on the unreliable testimony of people who are mistaken or biased. He notes that no verifiable miracle has been documented since cameras have become commonplace. Hitchens uses a specific purported miracle by Mother Teresa to show how miracles can become perceived as true, when in fact they are based on myth or falsehood.
Chapter Eleven: Religion's Corrupt Beginnings[ edit ] Chapter eleven discusses how religions form, and claims that most religions are founded by corrupt, immoral individuals. The chapter specifically discusses cargo cults , Pentecostal minister Marjoe Gortner , and Mormonism.
Hitchens discusses Joseph Smith , the founder of Mormonism, citing a March Bainbridge, New York court examination accusing him of being a "disorderly person and impostor" who Hitchens claims admitted there that he had supernatural powers and was "defrauding citizens".
When the neighbor's skeptical wife buried pages of the translation and challenged Smith to reproduce it, Smith claimed God, knowing this would happen, told him to instead translate a different section of the same plates.
Chapter Twelve: A Coda: How Religions End[ edit ] Chapter twelve discusses the termination of several religions, to illustrate that some religions are not everlasting, as they claim. The religions addressed include Millerism and Sabbatai Sevi.
He uses the battle against slavery in the United States , and Abraham Lincoln , to support his claim that non-religious people battle for moral causes with as much vigor and effect as religious advocates. Chapter Fourteen: There Is No "Eastern" Solution[ edit ] Hitchens dismisses the idea of seeking enlightenment through nirvana as a conceit that asks adherents to "put their reason to sleep, and to discard their minds along with their sandals"  in chapter fourteen, which focuses on maladaptive and immiserating Hindu and Buddhist feudalism and violence in Tibet and Sri Lanka.
It touches on the lucrative careers of Chandra Mohan Jain and Sathyanarayana Raju , and details his observations of a "brisk fleecing" and the unstable devotees witnessed during the author's staged pilgrimage to an ashram in Pune , which was undertaken as part of a BBC documentary.
He suggests that image of "imperial-way buddhism" is not that of the original Gautama Buddha , and looks at the Japanese Buddhists who joined the Axis forces in World War II.