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Hitchens, an avowed atheist and author of the bestseller God Is Not Great, is a formidable intellectual who finds the notion of belief in God to be utter nonsense. The author is clear in his introduction that religion has caused more than its fair share of world problems. "Religion invents a problem where none exists by describing the wicked as also made in the image of god and the sexually nonconformist as existing in a state of incurable mortal sin that can incidentally cause floods and earthquakes." The readings Hitchens chooses to bolster his atheist argument are indeed engaging and important. Hobbes, Spinoza, Mill and Marx are some of the heavyweights representing a philosophical viewpoint. From the world of literature the author assembles excerpts from Shelley, Twain, Conrad, Orwell and Updike. All are enjoyable to read and will make even religious believers envious of the talent gathered for this anthology. What these dynamic writers are railing against often enough, however, is a strawman: an immature, fundamentalist, outdated, and even embarrassing style of religion that many intelligent believers have long since cast off. It could be that Hitchens and his cast of nonbelievers are preaching to the choir and their message is tired and spent. However, this remains a fascinating collection of readings from some of the Wests greatest thinkers.
"Hitchens has returned to the Belief Wars backed by a full army...the Godless Warrior marshals in an Atheist A-Team...to buttress his own arguments...Hitchens is the guide as well as the commentartor linking it all together."--"San Diego Tribune"See all Product Description
Great collection for those looking for a boiled down collection of essential short readings for the intellectual athiest and anti-theist.Published 3 months ago by iluvdanny83
A lot thicker than I expected and it took a while to get into but this is a very comprehensive catalog of atheistic and secular writings.Published 12 months ago by Pete
The entire 'sample" is the prologue, none of the actual book. It made it hard to choose. If I had seen say, the first chapter, I would not have bought this book.Published 18 months ago by Dianne Jacobson
I really enjoyed this one. Another great collection, put together by one of my favourite authors. Well worth the time!Published on Feb. 5 2013 by Graveleater