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Book: God is not Great – How Religion Poisons Everything

04/04/2012
In God is not great (associate link) the late Christopher Hitchens embarks on a quest to short the other side of religion and in a way becomes more concrete in what Jarred Diamond talked about in Guns, Germs, and Steel (associate link) that religion is often used to justify the rule of certain people. Hitchens goes to great length to show how phony religions are and to what length they go to validate their being.

Besides the countless examples of discrimination against people whose ancestors are not from the regions the religion originated and all the animals that are considered either as dirty or holy without due cause, I was very intrigued with the story about Mother Teresa. If you want to know how the advances in by Kodak with respect to a role of film made Mother Teresa holy, just google for it or read the book, it is just plain hilarious and frightening at the same time.

Interestingly enough Christopher Hitchens holds Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, but not for his involvement with the church but rather for his courage to go against apartheid which is nothing more than a remnant of the church approved (and actually in the bible demanded) slavery.

If you are up to it and a bit sceptical about religion I recommend reading the book, it contains some pretty fascinating stories.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. 04/04/2012 19:49

    Looks interesting!
    Appreciate the review!

  2. Arber Borici permalink
    04/04/2012 21:05

    And, of course, this is the manuscript where Hitchens first instated the concept of ‘antitheism’. In a nutshell, while atheists are such because they find no evidence in favor of the existence of a deity, they don’t exclude the possibility of having the wish that such a deity and its promises of eternal life exists. An antitheist, on the other hand, would be against such a deity even if it existed based on the premise that such a deity would have dictatorial control not only over our lives, but also over our thoughts… (This is probably a re-articulation of Orwell’s 1984 Thought Police…)

    Alas, the world has lost the only intellectual who could push the envelope in high-level debates using unprecedented rhetoric in such matters.

    • 05/04/2012 07:44

      IT is true that we lost a great thinker, but sometimes I am wondering if going through books was the right way to go given that our current society is less and less engaged in “long” written texts and often forgets what was read if it isn’t repeated enough.

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