Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Book Report: Is Christopher Hitchens any better than God?

God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons EverythingGod Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything by Christopher Hitchens

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Christopher Hitchens is not so hot either. A lot of the invective he uses in the book is unnecessary to make his points. However, logically what he says is indisputable.


forsythia said...

Eh, I dunno. Christopher Hitchens is certainly a livlier writer than God. Have you read the book of Numbers, for instance? It's "chloroform in print," as Mark Twain once famously said about another holy book.

Crockhead said...

You've got a point, Forsythia. And they both could treat their enemies rather cruelly. But, on balance, I still think I like God better than Christopher Hitchens. For one thing, God doesn't smoke. And another thing, despite what the Republicans said at the time, I think God was against the U.S. invasion of Iraq. He would have known there were no weapons of mass destruction, and that we wouldn't be welcomed with flowers and that the war wouldn't pay for itself with oil revenue. Close call, on balance.

Espana said...

The author is passionate enough, but has no balance. We should earnestly try as we grow older to reduce the number of stupid things we do and say. Hitchens problem, like so many today, assumes God and religion are one and the same. They are not. God stands alone. Religion merely tries in its bumbling way to mirror what God is. Denying God because of something religion has done is much like denying Al Gore because global warming is a fraud. Mr. Hitchens forget all that you've been told up to now and read a logical account of Biblical text. Read Biblical Paradigm Shift. Even atheist can find reason to believe.

white rabbit said...

Never read it but Hitchens was not great - leaving your pregnant wife without prior notice and stealing the greater part of a collection for a colleague's leaving present is less than heroic.