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  1. says:

    Let me begin this review by telling you that I'm an atheist In fact I'm with Douglas Adams in calling myself a radical atheist just to make sure that everyone gets the point Yes really It's in my profileSo my opinion about this book really has nothing to do with my personal convictions Well not my personal religious convictions of which there are none It has everything to do with my personal convictions as an atheist And as an atheist I'm offended by this bookHitchens is not and I uote from the numerous book reviews so helpfully printed on the first few pages of my paperback copywitty impressive entertaining funny challenging or GOD forbid pardon the pun excellentHe is not even polemical since that would reuire some factual discussion He is simply inflammatoryHitchens bashes religion in 341 pages complete with references and an index I guess that way he can pretend that his work has some academic value Now the book is called God is not great How Religion poisons everything What the hell did she expect this to be you will probably askLet me tell youI expected this to be a serious well presented argument of why the world would be better off without religion I expected there to be a theoretical discussion about how a world without religion can not only work but work better than one with religion And I expected there to be a dicussion and dissection of religious beliefs and their influence on human interaction and how these beliefs in a modern society are not necessary any andor are probably even hindering the development of our societyInstead I get 341 pages on the most stupidest things people do in the name of religion like fundamentalist muslims telling poor people not to get polio vaccinations and arguments like 'jews and muslims hate pigs because pigs are dirty and eat their young if they are trapped in little stables but the muslims completely stole that idea from the jew' complete with a really touching page on why pigs are really cute animals and that human babies love little pigs Cause you can never be wrong with the human baby argumentCause not eating pigs is really one of the worst problems caused by religions in modern times Poor pigs they feel all left out Well I don't eat pigs and I certainly don't think that makes me a bad person Just a mostly vegetarian one who can't stomach pig meatBut wait the pig thing is leading somewhere It is leading piggies beware to the oh so representative story of the muslims who because of the ban on pigs try to ban things like Winnie the Pooh or The Three little piglets Because yes that's certainly a REAL problem and you know EVERY muslim thinks that way Plus since America is SO GOOD with its non censorship policies it's always a really good idea for Americans to hold up the STOP CENSORSHIP banner to other nations this was sarcasm in case you couldn't tellI'm sorry but almost everyone I know is religious NO ONE I know is a radical muslim christian jew or whatever Maybe that's why I have the nagging feeling that most religious people are really uite normal and do not propose bans on children's books or tell people not to get vaccinated in the name of godAnd I really think pointing out the tiny minority of FREAKS in a religion any religion btw in order to ban the whole thing is kind of ineffective What does Hitches want to say with that? That religion is okay as long as they keep in check the radicals? As a radical atheist I'm confusedArguing with the most extreme examples is certain to get you heard but in my experience it isn't very effective It's too easy to say yes Hitchens you are right but religion isn't really like that The insert religious work of your choice doesn't really say that And then the normal religious people will lean back and stay as happily religious as they areThat there is a reason why people are religious that religions have shaped our societies and our behaviors as humans for as long as we can think?Hitchens doesn't mention itAnd that there is no need for religion in the present we live in that religion has in fact become THE factor that is most likely to hinder the evolution of humans as a race? Not a wordOr wait maybe he does mention that somewhere in the 241 pages I chose not to read because I have better things to do with my time But I doubt itI bought this book because I was led to believe that Hitchens is one THE top intellectuals of the USA and one of the important proponents of the so called new atheism whatever that isIf he is I feel sorry for us old atheists And I'm calling myself that because I most certainly do not want to be connected to a movement that does itself exactly what it criticizes in religious radicals attack and condemn without reason or explanation That's what Hitchens does in this book Hitchens may think that he is an atheist and he may argue on behalf of atheism But in doing so he turns his atheism into the one thing that I am strongly against a new religionAnd that does not only offend my as an atheist it also harms atheism as such Which is the fundamental difference between me and Hitches we both are convinced that there is no god But where I only want people to take responsibility for their own mistakes and to not blame a superior being where I want them to be human because they are and not because some religion dictates how and why they should be human Hitchens does not seem to think that far He just jumped onto the popular train new atheim? Really? to point his finger at the most outrageous and stupid examples of radical religious people he could findNewsflash Mr Hitchens there are idiots everywhere but you cannot judge the whole system upon themCase in pointPS Oh and I should probably mention that the book isn't very well written either The language especially the first chapter is pompous The structure of the arguments is at best random Also the author seems to have chosen not to religiously follow the rules of logic Or to you know be logical at allcloses book and throws it on the sale pile


  2. says:

    There's a debate I keep getting into about the difference between atheism and religious belief someone claims that atheism is just another faith and I disagree This seems like a good place to summarize my objectionsI would first like to draw a clear distinction between dogmatic and sceptical atheism If someone blindly believes that there is no God and no evidence whatsoever would change their opinion then I uite agree that for such people atheism is indeed another religion A mathematician might say that it's the null religion But most atheists aren't like that They don't believe in God because they don't see compelling evidence to do so but were such evidence produced they would change their minds If you still wish to argue that sceptical atheism is a faith it seems to me that you are in general arguing that one should abolish the distinction between faith and reasoned judgement a step most people would be reluctant to take When I say that I don't believe snow is green my statement is based on having seen a lot of snow Most of it was white some was a dirty gray and none of it was green If I did see green snow I'd change my position to saying that snow was usually white but occasionally greenOf course evidence isn't always as direct as looking at snow I don't believe that any mountain in the world is taller than Mount Everest I have never even been in the Himalayas and directly verifying the claim would also involve visiting and measuring every mountain in the world a difficult undertaking Nonetheless I have met people whose job it is to verify claims of this kind and I know that they are good at what they do If a geographer published an erroneous claim about the identity of the world's tallest mountain I am sure that another geographer would take great pleasure in showing him that he was wrong and would try to set the record straight It's easy to measure the height of a mountain to an accuracy of at worst a metre or two Soon the debate would be over and almost everyone would agreeMoving on to things directly divine I don't believe that thunder is the sound of the god Thor throwing his hammer I believe it's the sound of a large scale electrical discharge made when clouds become sufficiently charged Again my evidence is largely based on other people's testimony but the account of thunder in terms of electrical discharges is solid coherent and meshes well with things I have seen For example discharges created by van der Graaf generators look enough like lightning that it's hard to write that off as a coincidence I also know that the statistics on the efficacy of lightning conductors are very one sided None the less if I were to meet Thor in person as Natalie Portman does in the recent movie I would no doubt revise my opinionsWell I don't believe in the existence of the monotheistic God who created the universe simply because I don't see enough evidence My lack of belief in that God is pretty much the same as my lack of belief in green snow my lack of belief in a mountain taller than Everest and my lack of belief in big blond guys in thunder clouds throwing hammers If I did see evidence I'd change my mind Carl Sagan's novel Contact makes this point very nicely But until then I'm sceptical and I don't see that my scepticism is an act of faith It's only the normal exercise of reasoned judgement


  3. says:

    A wicked witty condemnation of all things religious As a person of faith I find that Hitchens often sounds like a blind man ridiculing the value of Rembrandt and Van Gogh But he is particularly fine on the noxious ways in which religion intersects with the most murderous forms of politics And of course as is always the case with Hitchens the book is witty and well writtenAs a reader of the Nation for over a uarter of a century I enjoyed Christopher Hitchens political analysis and righteous invective for many years I always thought he was at his best when he attacked specific individuals for their public positions and private failings and his refusal like the best 18th century satirists to draw any line between the two I relished his take downs of Bob Hope Mel Gibson Michael Moore and the Dalai Lama and thought some of his best work was contained in his book length tirades against Bill Clinton Henry Kissinger and Mother Teresa the latter book distinguished by its outrageous title The Missionary PositionHitchens was outraged whenever he observed public figures overly praised for their few good deeds excused for their corrupt habitual practices and lauded for their wrong headed opinions He summoned every fact and argument fair or unfair in the service of his elouent and venomous pen fashioned an image of himself as a champion of truth and in so doing produced satire of a uality perhaps not seen since the days of Swift and Pope a uarter of a millennium agoUnfortunately Hitchens chooses to apply the same old formula in this attack on the Great Jehovah and for once he is out of his depth It is not so much that he lacks knowledge although his grasp of theological controversy is much weaker than his grip on practical politics but that he chooses to take God to task in much the same way he formerly used to criticize Jerry Falwell and Jesse Helms God may very well be a person as the orthodox Christian theologians maintain but if so he is not a person in the precisely same sense for example that George Galloway and Cindy Sheehan are personsIn attacking God himself in this way Hitchens reveals his own pettiness appearing less like a great moralist and like a peevish gadfly It is a pity too for many of the great religious crimes he chronicles would constitute in some other book a devastating condemnation of organized religion itselfNow if Hitch would have instead written a book about Bin Laden or Pat Robertson or about John Paul II or Benedict XVI what an excellent polemic it might have been


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    Witty fact based amusing rant I laughed out loud many timesI think part of the rage Hitchens encounters derives from the fact that he is funny If he put on a scholarly serious tone and imitated the behaviour of priests in the way he poses his arguments he would not be hated in the way he is But the ridicule makes him a target I happen to like entertaining arguments than tedious nonsensical discussions on evidence for made up assertions and cheer Hitchens on when he offers his own beware literalists ironical belief“My own view is that this planet is used as a penal colony lunatic asylum and dumping ground by a superior civilization to get rid of the undesirable and unfit I can't prove it but you can't disprove it either”If there is one thing I would like to add it is my amusement at discussions between scientists and creationists Besides the fact that scientists will happily accept new evidence and change their theories if knowledge in their field expands as opposed to creationists who stubbornly will change reality to fit their ancient ideas from an illiterate patriarchal and tribal era there is another flaw in the creationist vindictive search for loopholes in evolutionary scienceEven if they happen to prove that evolutionists made a mistake or two in their research that does not by any means make their own claims valid Why is the default setting a minority Christian fundamentalist belief in the literal truth of the Bible? ANY other explanation is eually valid without proof The world on the turtle's back the simulation of a brain in a vat anything can be true if we do not accept evidence as a basis As far as I am concerned there is proof in the world for Greek gods than for the so called justice of the monotheistic gods in their various interpretationsAnd Hitchens makes a beautiful statement for the diversity of gods in the human world of notorious storytellers“God did not create man in his own image Evidently it was uite the other way about which is the painless explanation for the profusion of gods and religions and the fratricide both between and among faiths that we see all about us and that has so retarded the development of civilization” So I guess in 17th century Europe I would now be burned as a witch Can I please have a trial like the one in Monty Python's Holy Grail? I'll wear a false nose and wart if necessary Crowd A witch A witch A witch We found a witch We've got a witch A witch A witch We have found a witch May we burn her? How do you know she is a witch She looks like one Bring her forward I'm not a witch I'm not a witch But you are dressed as one They dressed me like this No we didn't And this isn't my nose It's a false one Well? We did do the nose The nose? And the hat But she is a witch Did you dress her up like this? No no Yes A bit She has got a wart What makes you think she's a witch? She turned me into a newt A newt? I got better Burn her anyway uiet uiet There are ways of telling whether she is a witch Are there? What are they? Tell us Do they hurt? Tell me what do you do with witches? Burn them And what do you burn apart from witches? More witches Wood So why do witches burn? 'Cause they're made of wood? Good How do we tell if she is made of wood? Build a bridge out of her But can you not also make bridges out of stone? Oh yeah Does wood sink in water? No it floats Throw her into the pond What also floats in water? Bread Apples Very small rocks Cider Great gravy Cherries Mud Churches Lead A duck Exactly So logically If she weighs the same as a duck she's made of wood And therefore? A witch A duck A duck Here's a duck We shaIl use my largest scales Burn the witch Remove the supports A witch It's a fair cop Who are you who are so wise in the ways of science? I am Arthur king of the Britons


  5. says:

    I read this months ago and never got around to the reviewSimply stated Hitchens puts into words all the reasons I shy away from organized religion The prejudices sexism the overall foolishness At the same time he seems oblivious to the fact that there are religious people out there doing great things; feeding the hungry clothing the poor building for the homeless Hey Hitchens I get that you are atheist That's fine but knock that chip off your shoulder already Belief that decent religious people exist does not mean you have to agree with them or believe in their GodMr Hitchens may I suggest a few new titles for your book? Try God Can Be Great But Freaks Poison Religion or How Jerks Screw Up Religion


  6. says:

    As a fellow Atheist Mr Hitchens is preaching to choir so to speak in this informative captivating work in which Hitchens judiciously provides historically documented and personal examples of what he sees as an ever increasing war being waged by a variety of religious fundamental organizations In our very own country we have troops of well funded born again fanatics preaching hatred of anyone who doesn’t fall in line with their standards Worse these groups instill a deep rooted fear in the most vulnerable forced members of their congregation; young helpless defenseless children sometimes as young as three Hitchens provides chilling eye witness accounts of these tactics which are slowly tearing away at the fabric of this great nation Regardless of your religious beliefs if you have an open mind and enjoy reading well written fact based relevant nonfiction then you will enjoy this book Certainly deeply religious people may find certain parts upsetting as fundamental beliefs are challenged with factual cited information Hitchens has a way of peeling away the absurdity of certain religious beliefs and how these beliefs at their very core are contrary to very ideals shouted to the masses during worship services Something I learned at an early age as a baptized Roman Catholic about to be confirmed is that before anyone blindly accepts what they’ve been told over a period of time about a particular religion it is your right your responsibility and your duty to pick up a couple of books about Judaism Hindu Islam Buddhism Heavens Gate Kool Aid Lovers or whatever they were all about even Mormonism and Jehovah Witness and read Read about each of these religious Get a book along the lines of Religion for Dummies there is a joke in there somewhere and get an overview of what these groups are all about Then study philosophy and science and art and history Read Ayn Rand and Aristotle and Plato and study and research and think for yourself And then one day years later you’ll realize what is true for you and that will be your own religion There are too many great stories in Hitchens’ book but some of my personal favorites pertain to religious interference with women’s reproductive rights Islamic authorities of the Council of Ulemas in Indonesia urged that condoms only be made available to married coupled HUH? and then only with a prescription He also uotes an article from Foreign Policy magazine in which a n official of Pakistan’s AIDS Control Program stated that the AIDS problem was smaller in his country because of “better social and Islamic values” This in a state where the law allows a woman to be sentenced to be gang raped in order to expiate the “shame” of a crime committed by her brother Good ol’ repression and denial The building blocks of religion Pro or con Christian or Agnostic Cubs or White Sox This book will if nothing else be educational and thought provoking I give this FIVE Pac Mans


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    Not long ago I watched a couple of those How The Universe Works shows and it kinda traumatized me In however many billions of years the sun is going to die and slightly before that the Earth will be incinerated and everything that we are were will be and will have built will cease to exist I can comprehend that Earth's only one part of a solar system in a tiny part of one galaxy of hundreds of billions of galaxies that exist in the vastness of the universe See? I know that someday thankfully not very soon Earth is a goner But what's hard for me to comprehend is that eventually the rest of the universe will end too That's just mind boggling to me That something so vast and so seemingly infinite can just end well it makes me almost wish that there was something to almost want to have faith that there is some sort of creator who set all of this in place and then breathed life into it and who has a plan and a purpose for what it will eventually become rather than there being nothing but a ticking clock until the end of everything Almost because it's sometimes comforting in the face of the end of all existence But I don't Even if I DID have that faith that would be all I could never be religious because I don't believe in religion And that is the crux of this book for me A little anecdote before I continue A couple weeks ago The Boy's family came to stay with us for a few days to visit They are religiousy grace before dinner heh almost typo'd 'sinner' there God has a plan types who give God credit for everything They hit all green lights driving through town? God was with them etc I try not to get sucked into conversations about religion with The Boy's grandma because she's a sweet lady who just can't see things being other than how she sees them and she believes that she's only trying to help me find God I know she wouldn't understand my lack of desire to have anything to do with religion so I just avoid the topic altogether whenever possibleThe last day of their visit the inevitable happened and she cornered me while I was making dinnerHer So have you found a church yet?Me Umm no OhIhavetocheckthefoodnow mumblemumbleHer Oh well you'll find one you just have to keep trying You know you'd really like my church It's the biggest in the area We have to drive 45 minutes to get there but I really like it because it's got gold on the windowsills and they've got their own TV and radio stations and I zoned out around this point just holding up my end of the conversation by muttering Oh? and That's nice every time she stopped for airThen So why don't you go to church?Me DAMMIT Oh well I don't believe in organized religionHer Oh you mean like those Catholics? They are always standing and sitting and chanting at just the right times They are really organizedMe Oo Yeahhhhh that's not exactly the kind of 'organized' I meantHitchens' point as the sub title indicates is that RELIGION poisons everything Simply put it's a pissing contest winner decided by headcount or body count as the case may be between groups who are each claiming that THEIRS is the Right and One True Religion and thus intolerance and hatred and fear is born Religions tell people that they are going to spend eternity in suffering unless they Follow The Rules when The Rules themselves can cause immense suffering in people from fear of eternal damnation to circumcision both male and female to homophobic violence to genocide just to name a few Seems like a loselose to meOrganized religion seeks and too often succeeds to exert control over people's thoughts and behavior imposing standards of purity that are nearly impossible to attain even in the most pious believer But than that they also insert themselves into politics seeking to impose their particular brand of 'morality' on everyone which inevitably leads to human rights violations and less freedom for people of all beliefs Religion spawns creatures of such vile ugliness and pure evil that I can't even comprehend them And that's just the Westboro Baptist Church Ahh such wholesome joyful hatred I agreed with much of what Hitchens said in this book on the subject of religion because I do think that can be toxic but we actually differ on the faith aspect I felt uncomfortable with some of his attitudes toward people who believe in GodAllahBuddhaKrishnaetc resorting to dismissive name calling several times I realize that this is a fine line for me to walk because religion and faithbelief are tied so closely together But I feel like faithbelief in and of itself is not a bad thing nor does it make the person who holds it stupid or naive or less worthy of respect I have no problem with faith or belief in any God whatever they may be called That is an individual's decision and it's personal to them I make no claims of knowing there is NOT a God so I cannot say anyone who believes in one is wrong My issue is when faith is bound up in religion as an institution that uses it as a method of control and intolerance That is when I feel that a line is crossed and in my opinion the result is far harm than good if viewed in large scale terms


  8. says:

    I'm probably going to court some hateful comments by trying to write a review of this book but I think Hitch would be proud that I am making the attemptI have been reading Hitch's work for years including his essays on mortality and atheism so I knew the gist of his arguments against religion but it was enlightening going through this entire book He synthesizes a tremendous amount of research from history philosophy science and current events and he argues that religion poisons everything No religion is spared his glare he gives time to all faiths and prophets He makes his case using his great wit and flair for words and the result is a compelling readHere are a few favorite passagesMany religions now come before us with ingratiating smirks and outspread hands like an unctuous merchant in a bazaar They offer consolation and solidarity and uplift competing as they do in a marketplace But we have a right to remember how barbarically they behaved when they were strong and were making an offer that people could not refuse And if we chance to forget what that must have been like we have only to look at those states and societies where the clergy still has the power to dictate its own terms The pathetic vestiges of this can still be seen in modern societies in the efforts made by religion to secure control over education or to exempt itself from tax or to pass laws forbidding people to insult its omnipotent and omniscient deity or even his prophetOn the Israeli Palestinian dispute and referencing a speech by Abba Eban Two peoples of roughly euivalent size had a claim to the same land Eban said the solution was obviously to create two states side by side Surely something so evident was within the wit of man to encompass? And so it would have been decades ago if the messianic rabbis and mullahs and priests could have been kept out of it But the exclusive claims to god given authority made by hysterical clerics on both sides and further stoked by Armageddon minded Christians who hope to bring on the Apocalypse preceded by the death or conversion of all Jews have made the situation insufferable and put the whole of humanity in the position of hostage to a uarrel that now features the threat of nuclear war Religion poisons everything As well as a menace to civilization it has become a threat to human survivalOn atheism and his co thinkers Our belief is not a belief Our principles are not a faith We do not rely solely upon science and reason because these are necessary rather than sufficient factors but we distrust anything that contradicts science or outrages reason We may differ on many things but what we respect is free inuiry openmindedness and the pursuit of ideas for their own sake We are not immune to the lure of wonder and mystery and awe we have music and art and literature and find that the serious ethical dilemmas are better handled by Shakespeare and Tolstoy and Schiller and Dostoyevsky and George Eliot than in the mythical morality tales of the holy books Literature not scripture sustains the mind and since there is no other metaphor also the soulHitch died in December 2011 and damn how I miss that brilliant cantankerous ol' rabble rouser If you have ever seen him interviewed or heard him give a speech you know he has a fantastic voice so I need to make a plug for his audiobooks which are excellently narrated And if you want to read some Hitchens but don't want to get all religion y I highly recommend his autobiography Hitch 22


  9. says:

    Having read the book some time before the author died and having written a review but not on this site I'm at a loss to comprehend now what went wrong with this book I had a lenient rating system at the time I read this book Now I'd have given this book a 25 which I just have There is too much focus on current terrorist acts and while in theory it's not a bad idea I did found such parts muddling and boring Respect to Hitchens though and RIP


  10. says:

    Since I can't say anything with out being labelled as a 'heretic' or a 'heathen' I will just say this;Not everything but it does poison a lot of things And its first victims are Reason and Common sense


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Science and reason a realm in which hope and wonder can be found through a strand of DNA or a gaze through the Hubble Telescope As Hitchens sees it you needn't get the blues once you discover the heavens are empt Not long ago I watched a couple of those How The Universe Works shows and it kinda traumatized me In however many billions of years the sun is going to die and slightly before that the Earth will be incinerated and everything that we are were will be and will have built will cease to exist I can comprehend that Earth's only one part of a solar system in a tiny part of one galaxy of hundreds of billions of galaxies that exist in the vastness of the universe See? I know that someday thankfully not very soon Earth is a goner But what's hard for me to comprehend is that eventually the rest of the universe will end too That's just mind boggling to me That something so vast and so seemingly infinite can just end well it makes me almost wish that there was something to almost want to have faith that there is some sort of creator who set all of this in place and then breathed life into it and who has a plan and a purpose for what it will eventually become rather than there being nothing but a ticking clock until the end of everything Almost because it's sometimes comforting in the face of the end of all existence But I don't Even if I DID have that faith that would be all I could never be religious because I don't believe in religion And that is the crux of this book for me A little anecdote before I continue A couple weeks ago The Boy's family came to stay with us for a few days to visit They are religiousy grace before dinner heh almost typo'd 'sinner' there God has a plan types who give God credit for everything They hit all green lights driving through town? God was with them etc I try not to get sucked into conversations about religion with The Boy's grandma because she's a sweet lady who just can't see things being other than how she sees them and she believes that she's only trying to help me find God I know she wouldn't understand my lack of desire to have anything to do with religion so I just avoid the topic altogether whenever possibleThe last day of their visit the inevitable happened and she cornered me while I was making dinnerHer So have you found a church yet?Me Umm no OhIhavetocheckthefoodnow mumblemumbleHer Oh well you'll find one you just have to keep trying You know you'd really like my church It's the biggest in the area We have to drive 45 minutes to get there but I really like it because it's got gold on the windowsills and they've got their own TV and radio stations and I zoned out around this point just holding up my end of the conversation by muttering Oh? and That's nice every time she stopped for airThen So why don't you go to church?Me DAMMIT Oh well I don't believe in organized religionHer Oh you mean like those Catholics? They are always standing and sitting and chanting at just the right times They are really organizedMe Oo Yeahhhhh that's not exactly the kind of 'organized' I meantHitchens' point as the sub title indicates is that RELIGION poisons everything Simply put it's a pissing contest winner decided by headcount or body count as the case may be between groups who are each claiming that THEIRS is the Right and One True Religion and thus intolerance and hatred and fear is born Religions tell people that they are going to spend eternity in suffering unless they Follow The Rules when The Rules themselves can cause immense suffering in people from fear of eternal damnation to circumcision both male and female to homophobic violence to genocide just to name a few Seems like a loselose to meOrganized religion seeks and too often succeeds to exert control over people's thoughts and behavior imposing standards of purity that are nearly impossible to attain even in the most pious believer But than that they also insert themselves into politics seeking to impose their particular brand of 'morality' on everyone which inevitably leads to human rights violations and less freedom for people of all beliefs Religion spawns creatures of such vile ugliness and pure evil that I can't even comprehend them And that's just the Westboro Baptist Church Ahh such wholesome joyful hatred I agreed with much of what Hitchens said in this book on the subject of religion because I do think that can be toxic but we actually differ on the faith aspect I felt uncomfortable with some of his attitudes toward people who believe in GodAllahBuddhaKrishnaetc resorting to dismissive name calling several times I realize that this is a fine line for me to walk because religion and faithbelief are tied so closely together But I feel like faithbelief in and of itself is not a bad thing nor does it make the person who holds it stupid or naive or less worthy of respect I have no problem with faith or belief in any God whatever they may be called That is an individual's decision and it's personal to them I make no claims of knowing there is NOT a God so I cannot say anyone who believes in one is wrong My issue is when faith is bound up in religion as an institution that uses it as a method of control and intolerance That is when I feel that a line is crossed and in my opinion the result is far harm than good if viewed in large scale terms STOLEN BY AN ALIEN: An Alien Mate Romance in which hope and wonder can be found through a strand of DNA or a gaze through the Hubble Telescope As Hitchens sees El Angel y el Brujo it you needn't get the blues once you discover the heavens are empt Not long ago I watched a couple of those How The Universe Works shows and Fathomless it kinda traumatized me In however many billions of years the sun Die Wawuschels mit den grünen Haaren is going to die and slightly before that the Earth will be Texas Glory (Leigh Brothers Texas Trilogy, incinerated and everything that we are were will be and will have built will cease to exist I can comprehend that Earth's only one part of a solar system Hollands Glorie in a tiny part of one galaxy of hundreds of billions of galaxies that exist Huntress in the vastness of the universe See? I know that someday thankfully not very soon Earth The Black Unicorn: Poems (Norton Paperback) is a goner But what's hard for me to comprehend Sharing Economy is that eventually the rest of the universe will end too That's just mind boggling to me That something so vast and so seemingly Saphisme Et Dčadence Dans Paris Fin De Sic̈le infinite can just end well Направи мъжа си милионер it makes me almost wish that there was something to almost want to have faith that there The Dead Student is some sort of creator who set all of this Burn (Elementally Evolved, in place and then breathed life The Token Wife into The Innocents Surrender it and who has a plan and a purpose for what The Midwife it will eventually become rather than there being nothing but a ticking clock until the end of everything Almost because Ogled o sljepoći it's sometimes comforting The Surrendered in the face of the end of all existence But I don't Even Falling (Fading, if I DID have that faith that would be all I could never be religious because I don't believe Perdido (Los lobos de Mercy Falls, in religion And that Rise of Heroes (Maskes, is the crux of this book for me A little anecdote before I continue A couple weeks ago The Boy's family came to stay with us for a few days to visit They are religiousy grace before dinner heh almost typo'd 'sinner' there God has a plan types who give God credit for everything They hit all green lights driving through town? God was with them etc I try not to get sucked The Three Fat Women of Antibes and Gigolo and Gigolette into conversations about religion with The Boy's grandma because she's a sweet lady who just can't see things being other than how she sees them and she believes that she's only trying to help me find God I know she wouldn't understand my lack of desire to have anything to do with religion so I just avoid the topic altogether whenever possibleThe last day of their visit the Un amor fora ciutat inevitable happened and she cornered me while I was making dinnerHer So have you found a church yet?Me Umm no OhIhavetocheckthefoodnow mumblemumbleHer Oh well you'll find one you just have to keep trying You know you'd really like my church It's the biggest The Forest of Souls in the area We have to drive 45 minutes to get there but I really like Cuckold Erotica it because Osnovy Uchebnogo Akademicheskogo Risunka it's got gold on the windowsills and they've got their own TV and radio stations and I zoned out around this point just holding up my end of the conversation by muttering Oh? and That's nice every time she stopped for airThen So why don't you go to church?Me DAMMIT Oh well I don't believe ¿Amor o Venganza? (Spanish Edition) in organized religionHer Oh you mean like those Catholics? They are always standing and sitting and chanting at just the right times They are really organizedMe Oo Yeahhhhh that's not exactly the kind of 'organized' I meantHitchens' point as the sub title All Dogs Bite (Club Chrome, indicates A Search for the King is that RELIGION poisons everything Simply put Varney, the Vampyre it's a pissing contest winner decided by headcount or body count as the case may be between groups who are each claiming that THEIRS The Midwife (The Pocket Watch Chronicles, is the Right and One True Religion and thus Speciarium (Cooking) intolerance and hatred and fear Jupiter (Eismond 5) is born Religions tell people that they are going to spend eternity The Master Shark's Mate (Fire & Rescue Shifters Book 5) in suffering unless they Follow The Rules when The Rules themselves can cause Sergeant Chip and Other Novellas immense suffering Journey Into Darkness in people from fear of eternal damnation to circumcision both male and female to homophobic violence to genocide just to name a few Seems like a loselose to meOrganized religion seeks and too often succeeds to exert control over people's thoughts and behavior Paléo Nutrition imposing standards of purity that are nearly Bible Enlightened impossible to attain even For Members Only in the most pious believer But than that they also About a Girl insert themselves Über ein Mädchen into politics seeking to Hero impose their particular brand of 'morality' on everyone which TELEVISION, REALIZACIÓN Y LENGUAJE AUDIOVISUAL, 3ª EDICIÓN inevitably leads to human rights violations and less freedom for people of all beliefs Religion spawns creatures of such vile ugliness and pure evil that I can't even comprehend them And that's just the Westboro Baptist Church Ahh such wholesome joyful hatred I agreed with much of what Hitchens said Blind Aphrodite in this book on the subject of religion because I do think that can be toxic but we actually differ on the faith aspect I felt uncomfortable with some of his attitudes toward people who believe A Fate Worse Than Death and More Fright with a Bite in GodAllahBuddhaKrishnaetc resorting to dismissive name calling several times I realize that this Ascent of Woman is a fine line for me to walk because religion and faithbelief are tied so closely together But I feel like faithbelief ANATOMÍA DEL ENTRENAMIENTO DE LA FUERZA CON EL PROPIO PESO CORPORAL (En Forma (tutor)) in and of Primal Island: A Bimbo Harem Adventure itself Meu Pé de Laranja Lima is not a bad thing nor does La primera reina tolteca it make the person who holds La primera reina tolteca it make the person who holds Disaster and Resistance in any God whatever they may be called That Continental Contract (The Executioner, is an Stories Of My Creation individual's decision and Fated (Baals Heart, it's personal to them I make no claims of knowing there Alinka - Unikurkialan tarinoita is NOT a God so I cannot say anyone who believes Vitez zatočnik (Miloš Obilić, in one Space, Time, and Spacetime is wrong My La batalla por los puentes: Arnhem 1944. 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Summary God is Not Great How Religion Poisons Everything

God is Not Great How Religion Poisons Everything

With his uniue brand of erudition and wit Hitchens describes the ways in which religion is man made God did not make us he says We made God He explains the ways in which religion is immoral We damage our children There's a debate I keep getting into about the difference between atheism and religious belief someone claims that atheism is just another faith and I disagree This seems like a good place to summarize my objectionsI would first like to draw a clear distinction between dogmatic and sceptical atheism If someone blindly believes that there is no God and no evidence whatsoever would change their opinion then I uite agree that for such people atheism is indeed another religion A mathematician might say that it's the null religion But most atheists aren't like that They don't believe in God because they don't see compelling evidence to do so but were such evidence produced they would change their minds If you still wish to argue that sceptical atheism is a faith it seems to me that you are in general arguing that one should abolish the distinction between faith and reasoned judgement a step most people would be reluctant to take When I say that I don't believe snow is green my statement is based on having seen a lot of snow Most of it was white some was a dirty gray and none of it was green If I did see green snow I'd change my position to saying that snow was usually white but occasionally greenOf course evidence isn't always as direct as looking at snow I don't believe that any mountain in the world is taller than Mount Everest I have never even been in the Himalayas and directly verifying the claim would also involve visiting and measuring every mountain in the world a difficult undertaking Nonetheless I have met people whose job it is to verify claims of this kind and I know that they are good at what they do If a geographer published an erroneous claim about the identity of the world's tallest mountain I am sure that another geographer would take great pleasure in showing him that he was wrong and would try to set the record straight It's easy to measure the height of a mountain to an accuracy of at worst a metre or two Soon the debate would be over and almost everyone would agreeMoving on to things directly divine I don't believe that thunder is the sound of the god Thor throwing his hammer I believe it's the sound of a large scale electrical discharge made when clouds become sufficiently charged Again my evidence is largely based on other people's testimony but the account of thunder in terms of electrical discharges is solid coherent and meshes well with things I have seen For example discharges created by van der Graaf generators look enough like lightning that it's hard to write that off as a coincidence I also know that the statistics on the efficacy of lightning conductors are very one sided None the less if I were to meet Thor in person as Natalie Portman does in the recent movie I would no doubt revise my opinionsWell I don't believe in the existence of the monotheistic God who created the universe simply because I don't see enough evidence My lack of belief in that God is pretty much the same as my lack of belief in green snow my lack of belief in a mountain taller than Everest and my lack of belief in big blond guys in thunder clouds throwing hammers If I did see evidence I'd change my mind Carl Sagan's novel Contact makes this point very nicely But until then I'm sceptical and I don't see that my scepticism is an act of faith It's only the normal exercise of reasoned judgement Roomies in which religion Adventures of Superman Vol. 3 is man made God did not make us he says We made God He explains the ways Virgin Wanted in which religion The Message Ministry Edition: The Bible in Contemporary Language is Lie With Me immoral We damage our children There's a debate I keep getting No Feelings Involved into about the difference between atheism and religious belief someone claims that atheism El libro de sinAzucar.org is just another faith and I disagree This seems like a good place to summarize my objectionsI would first like to draw a clear distinction between dogmatic and sceptical atheism If someone blindly believes that there One Wore Blue (Cameron Saga: Civil War Trilogy, is no God and no evidence whatsoever would change their opinion then I uite agree that for such people atheism Size Matters is ¡Oh, lorem ipsum! 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By indoctrinating them It is a cause of sexual repression violence and ignorance It is a distortion of our origins and the cosmos In the place of religion Hitchens offers the promise of a new enlightenment through Witty fact based amusing rant I laughed out loud many timesI think part of the rage Hitchens encounters derives from the fact that he is funny If he put on a scholarly serious tone and imitated the behaviour of priests in the way he poses his arguments he would not be hated in the way he is But the ridicule makes him a target I happen to like entertaining arguments than tedious nonsensical discussions on evidence for made up assertions and cheer Hitchens on when he offers his own beware literalists ironical belief“My own view is that this planet is used as a penal colony lunatic asylum and dumping ground by a superior civilization to get rid of the undesirable and unfit I can't prove it but you can't disprove it either”If there is one thing I would like to add it is my amusement at discussions between scientists and creationists Besides the fact that scientists will happily accept new evidence and change their theories if knowledge in their field expands as opposed to creationists who stubbornly will change reality to fit their ancient ideas from an illiterate patriarchal and tribal era there is another flaw in the creationist vindictive search for loopholes in evolutionary scienceEven if they happen to prove that evolutionists made a mistake or two in their research that does not by any means make their own claims valid Why is the default setting a minority Christian fundamentalist belief in the literal truth of the Bible? ANY other explanation is eually valid without proof The world on the turtle's back the simulation of a brain in a vat anything can be true if we do not accept evidence as a basis As far as I am concerned there is proof in the world for Greek gods than for the so called justice of the monotheistic gods in their various interpretationsAnd Hitchens makes a beautiful statement for the diversity of gods in the human world of notorious storytellers“God did not create man in his own image Evidently it was uite the other way about which is the painless explanation for the profusion of gods and religions and the fratricide both between and among faiths that we see all about us and that has so retarded the development of civilization” So I guess in 17th century Europe I would now be burned as a witch Can I please have a trial like the one in Monty Python's Holy Grail? I'll wear a false nose and wart if necessary Crowd A witch A witch A witch We found a witch We've got a witch A witch A witch We have found a witch May we burn her? How do you know she is a witch She looks like one Bring her forward I'm not a witch I'm not a witch But you are dressed as one They dressed me like this No we didn't And this isn't my nose It's a false one Well? We did do the nose The nose? And the hat But she is a witch Did you dress her up like this? No no Yes A bit She has got a wart What makes you think she's a witch? She turned me into a newt A newt? I got better Burn her anyway uiet uiet There are ways of telling whether she is a witch Are there? What are they? Tell us Do they hurt? Tell me what do you do with witches? Burn them And what do you burn apart from witches? More witches Wood So why do witches burn? 'Cause they're made of wood? Good How do we tell if she is made of wood? Build a bridge out of her But can you not also make bridges out of stone? Oh yeah Does wood sink in water? No it floats Throw her into the pond What also floats in water? Bread Apples Very small rocks Cider Great gravy Cherries Mud Churches Lead A duck Exactly So logically If she weighs the same as a duck she's made of wood And therefore? A witch A duck A duck Here's a duck We shaIl use my largest scales Burn the witch Remove the supports A witch It's a fair cop Who are you who are so wise in the ways of science? I am Arthur king of the Britons