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God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything [Hardcover]

Christopher Hitchens
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Changed my life ... ... May 14 2010
This book literally changed my life.
I was so relieved to find within it all the intelligently constructed arguments that rang so true with me that I no longer felt any pangs of guilt for not believing in "the Faith of my Fathers". I loved this book. Now I feel I must read all the rest of Hitchen's books. It's all there. The total proof of evolution lies just down the road in the Burgess Shale. Now I have no doubts. There is no god. Man invented him in his own image. I don't need it.
Thank you Christopher Hitchens.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Nov. 21 2008
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What appears to be a polemic attack by Hitchens, is really nothing more than the robust confrontation that religion's baseless assertions need and deserve. This book, and others like it, are way overdue.

Buy this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Judgment Day for Religion Dec 16 2009
As someone who has grown up in an environment where religion has played a major and often devastating role in family affairs, this book is catharsis in print form. It is everything that I ever wanted to say about religion and then some embodied in this eye-catching yellow book. Hitchens' masterful polemical abilities are the real stars of the show. If anybody has watched with glee a Hitchens vs [insert religious person] debate on television or YouTube, you will love this book. Whilst Hitchens can only express so much in a 1 hour debate format, this book is the real meat of his whole argument against god(s). He spares no punches going after Gandhi, Mother Teresa, the Dalai Lama, Christ, Mohammed,... You name a holier-than-thou person and Hitchens has destroyed (or at least implicated) them in this book. Thoroughly entertaining read. I particularly enjoyed the sections on the history of the Bible (Old and New T) and the Qur'an. 5 more stars. 10 stars for Hitchens!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hitchens Is Very Well Researched Dec 9 2008
By Patrick Sullivan TOP 100 REVIEWER
The subtitle, How Religion Poisons Everything, pretty well sums up the entire book. Hitchens sets out to destroy every aspect of the worlds religions.
And I think he accomplishes his goal. Hitchens is an atheist, but has done so much research into the topic of religion. His arguments against religion are very well made.
I heard Hitchens commenting about his book. He mentioned this was a personal issue for him. In the seventh grade he started to question religious beliefs. It was the first thing that he really thought about. I also had the same feelings in the seventh grade about religious beliefs.
In summary, I would say that this book basically says everything about religion, that most people are afraid to say.
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134 of 150 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A review by someone who actually read the book May 22 2007
This is by no means a hateful book. In fact, those who have become used to Hitchens' sometimes cut-throat prose will be surprised at how restrained he is, and how quick he is to acknowledge, say, the equally-ghastly crimes of the secular dictatorships of Hitler and Stalin. Then he points out how both regimes were abetted by the church.

The contention by "J" that Hitchens argues that "religions are closed-minded and have only brought about the oppression of women and children without any knowledge of the social and intellectual advances that many religions have afforded us" is proof positive "J" has indeed not read this book. Hitchens simply balances the claims of religion versus the results and argues that overall, religious dogma is merely a holdover from the time when humans had little to no information about how the world is actually constituted. While he does skirt around the shortcomings of scientific reason, Hitchens rightly reminds us that science has actually enhanced the mystery of "creation" rather than spoiling the fun.

Hitchens may be a lot of things: a misanthrope, a contrarian, and sometimes a bit of an arrogant jerk, but to say he is a "closed-minded journalist" without having read this work (which is shot through with references to the Classics, religious scholarship, science, history and literature) is an insult to Hitchens and the book-buying public. Hitchens can look after himself; the book-buying public is so advised.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Command of the english language June 22 2009
By Kyle
Extrordinary book, very comprehensive review of the damage relegion has done to our world, very challenging to read, this author has an exceptional command of the english language
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hitchens is Pepsi to Nietzsche's Coca-Cola Sept. 5 2009
By sean s. TOP 500 REVIEWER
God is not Great is one of a number of "new atheist" books that were published over the past few years: Breaking the Spell by Dr. Daniel Dennett; The God Delusion by Dr. Richard Dawkins; In Defence of Atheism by Michel Onfray; and Hitchens' book, to name the best known. However there are significant differences among these books, so if you're thinking of picking one up, you should be aware of their different styles and subject matter.

Hitchens' one-liners in God is not Great will delight atheists who cannot imagine why anyone would take this nonsense seriously, let alone use it as a foundation for their values. Perhaps the freshest contribution Hitchens makes is introducing the general public to the fine points of Mormonism, surely one of the most infantile and ridiculous collection of claims to ever grace the face of the earth. Mormons' clean living habits, which are highly commendable, serve to mask a total detachment from both current and historical reality when it comes to their deranged belief system.

But for the most part, there are no new arguments or information in this book, and Hitchens is preaching to an already convinced irreligious choir. In the same way that he challenges believers to give an example of a moral act that could not have been performed by a non-believer, I would challenge Hitchens to present even one person whose belief in the existence of God has been shaken by this book: sadly I don't think this person exists.

Regardless of how idiotic religious beliefs may seem to non-believers, the fact is that they have persisted among the majority of people, in a majority of cultures, for thousands of years, so they obviously have something going for them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Read!!!!
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A real eye opener, full of rationality and other things that religious people cannot deal with. Compelling arguments and fact based criticism of the old fashioned, outdated and... Read more
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Published 4 months ago by Poetkitty
5.0 out of 5 stars Convincing with doubt inducing
This is a carefully and convincingly organized text, presented in the best tradition of rhetorical persuasions. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mergitur
5.0 out of 5 stars You could read this for the sublime use of the language...
...even if you diagree ─ even if you abhor ─ the content. He is the Nabokov of modern English. You may want a dictionary handy, and that's a good thing.
Published 5 months ago by Ernie
4.0 out of 5 stars Vivisecting Sects
Christopher Hitchens was obsessed with religion. He says he’s been writing this book all his life, and despite its publication, would continue writing it the rest of his life. Read more
Published 5 months ago by David Wineberg
5.0 out of 5 stars God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything
One of the most compelling books that I have ever read. The book written with total honesty and great for open minded people.
Published 7 months ago by champinn
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading if you have an open mind.
As usual Hitchens pulls no punches and hits everyone where they deserve it. Well written (although not long enough) and something that everyone should read, although anyone with a... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Serge
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling
There's no doubt that his reasoning is logical and compelling. Most of the world's tensions and killings definitely can be linked back to one religion or another.
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