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God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything
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0 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 2014
Christopher Hitchens was a great political writer but his writing on religion was pure garbage. He did what every demagogue has done: take the most extreme excesses and then call that "religion." I not only read this book but I had the sad misfortune to cover him giving a speech on his ideas. He found a few contradictions in the Bible and therefore it's all rot. On radio earlier that day he wouldn't acknowledge a religious group could do any good. When it was noted that in most cities in towns the shelters and food kitchens are run by churches he called that an accident. A person can honestly object to religion. I really don't care if someone is an atheist or a believer. But fanatics on all sides are not to be trusted. And Hitchens was a fanatic. Bu the way: I've yet to see a Christopher Hitchens Memorial Soup Kitchen and Shelter. But perhaps some day.
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2 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on June 29, 2012
In 20 pages I found 15 errors which were factual errors and at least 20 instances of deliberate misrepresentation of scholarly views of the material. This is totally polemical, and is remarkably unscientific for a man who claims to love science.

Apparently calling anyone who disagrees with you an idiot is what passes for rigorous examination these days. Anyone acquainted with the subject can see that this work is utterly without merit. I have never seen an author who knew less about his subject matter.

I challenge any one of you to look up his so called facts, even on wikipedia, and you will find them to be false, or utterly misrepresented and distorted.

If you want to find a refutation of religious belief there are far better and much more academic and balanced works by better authors, Bertrand Russell for example.
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20 of 133 people found the following review helpful
on July 8, 2007
"Religious people have killed people, therefore religion is bad." There are more intelligent and credible arguments for atheism out there. Don't waste your time on this one.
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5 of 54 people found the following review helpful
on October 21, 2008
I think 'hitchens' has a narrow minded simplistic and predictable agenda.
Not a worthwhile read unless you are looking for an atheist that whines. I would have preferred a pamphlet instead of the book. Way too long as he drones away; i had a hard time pushing through it!
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11 of 96 people found the following review helpful
on September 12, 2007
This book was a surprise. I expected some kind of rational thought in it, and some kind of arguments against Christianity, but there was nothing but name-calling and self-riteous arrogance pretending to be congent argument. Michael Bauman says it best in his critique: "..Christopher Hitchens...unabashedly renders the harshest and most withering critique of his ideological opponents, uncharitable and false though it might be. In this book, indeed, is very much that is uncharitable and false. His volume is an ideological Potemkin village - mostly facade and chicanery, designed to look like what it is not, designed to fool and to obfuscate - behind which stands very little of substance, almost nothing at all. Hitchens offers turns of phrase as argument, tendentious reconstruction as fact, and sneering condemnation as insight and critique." Absolutely true in this case. I couldn't believe that the New York Times could be so adulatory about a book with so little substance and truth. Maybe that shouldn't surprise me, given the political slant of the Times to the left.
Leftists will love this book, since they hate the idea of God in the first place. It was a waste of time to read it. For an in-depth analysis and refutation of certain chapters in God Is Not Great, see [...]
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1 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on January 18, 2012
A great novel by an author who never, ever lets facts confuse him. Likely the most intellectually dishonest piece of work I have ever had the misfortune of reading.
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