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

God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

byChristopher Hitchens

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Christopher Hitchens, described in the London Observer as “one of the most prolific, as well as brilliant, journalists of our time” takes on his biggest subject yet–the increasingly dangerous role of religion in the world.

In the tradition of Bertrand Russell’s Why I Am Not a Christianand Sam Harris’s recent bestseller, The End Of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion. With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts, he documents the ways in which religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos. With eloquent clarity, Hitchens frames the argument for a more secular life based on science and reason, in which hell is replaced by the Hubble Telescope’s awesome view of the universe, and Moses and the burning bush give way to the beauty and symmetry of the double helix.

Title:God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons EverythingFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:November 19, 2008Publisher:McClelland & StewartLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth reading This book is very though provoking when it comes to religion
Date published: 2018-05-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hitch Reads almost like a collection of essays. Interesting propositions and strong arguments. A thought provoking book for believers and un-believers alike.
Date published: 2018-03-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Lots of zingers, but little substance Hitchens has a lot of zingers and truly quotable lines, but they’re buried under a meandering and unstructured argumentation. The book is divided into chapters, but there’s no build-up or progression. It’s more like Hitchens merely writes in the train of thought and then publishes, without regard for editing. I also didn’t like the lack of notation. He does have end-notes, but they aren’t marked in the text and mostly only provide citations for the passages he quotes. Any “facts” that he writes aren’t sourced, so it’s often difficult to check their veracity.
Date published: 2018-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read Really inspirational and thought provoking! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A phenomenal book for the ages This has been a book I've returned to time and time again to rediscover and reaffirm the greatness that is the legacy of Hitch. His prose is elegant, thought-provoking, and yet accessible, making this the perfect read for anyone finding themselves on the fence regarding religious belief and dogma at large.
Date published: 2017-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from God-level Hitchens is the preeminent voice when it comes to challenging the religions of the world, and God Is Not Great is the preeminent book. Well-rounded, well thought out, and not biased, but rather logical, reasonable, and enlightened. The fastest growing minority in the world now has a creed of its own with this book, one based on a morality not derived from faith and superstition. Please buy, please read!
Date published: 2017-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read Hitchens disposes of the god premise entirely, concisely and beautifully.
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easily one of my best reads Having discovered Hitchens' material after his death, this book makes me wish even more that he was still around. Incredibly witty, but tackles serious topics with vigour. If you liked 'The God Delusion' you will definitely enjoy this book.
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not Just For Atheists Hitchens is a hero in my house - while I prefer his writings on independent thought, this book is true to his legacy. Hitchens' debates are legendary and this book reads as though he is back up on a stage, almost carelessy arguing against religion. He does present some interesting ideas on the subject, but it comes across less as a challenge to consider your own beliefs in religion; more of a solid thump over the head about why you're basically a moron if you believe at all. Cynics will rejoice!
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Hitchen's style of prose utlimately makes the book leaden and confusing despite it's strengths I have great respect for Mr. Hitchens and was looking forward to reading his book. I was unfortunately disappointed. This is mainly because of his writing style. He writes like the upperclass Englishman that he was, and thus has long sentences that deaden rather than envigorate, he goes against the advice fo one of his idols George Orwell and the work he wrote on politics and the English language. This may have been acceptable in Hitchen's short coulmns but in book length it makes things too much of a drag. Some chapters are interesting (Religion Kills, A Note on health and the lack of an Eastern solution) unfortunately these are the exceptions not the norm. His chapters on the metaphysical claims of his religion and his conclusion are particularly soul crushing. Though I admire the man I suggest readers pass on this book
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous read Love this guy! Miss his intelligence and wit. This book is true and relevant in our herd society of today. Wish everybody would read it.
Date published: 2015-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great writing and great book A great book by the late great Hitchens. A must read for skeptics and unbeliever alike. Questioning your religiosity? This is one of the books for you.
Date published: 2015-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible book! A must read for all. This book was amazing! Mr Hitchens points out the landslide of contradictions, psychotic behavior and wish-thinking that is to be found in religion. His clever writing style is a pure pleasure to read as he takes us on a journey through the dangers of theocracy, the flaws of the "design" argument and the outright immoral practices of religion through the ages. An absolute must-read. Worth its weight in gold (along with his other books.) One of my favourite books of all time. This book helped me in my quest to rid myself of religious brainwashing. We miss you Christopher Hitchens. You are among the voices of sanity that this world needs so much, in an age where the religious zealots cannot wait for our world to end.
Date published: 2014-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from God is not great Very interesting book. Worth the read.
Date published: 2014-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from God is a jerk I was a fan of Hitchens for a long time and have seen most of his debates on YouTube. I can hear Hitchens voice clearly coming off the page and his critique is as thoughtful and well considered as ever.
Date published: 2014-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from God is certainly not great Truly thought provoking and relevant. Nourishes confidence in the human mind and encourages self-exploration.
Date published: 2013-03-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Does Little to Bridge the Great Divide For the traditional believer, this book will be a challenge. For the non-believer, it will reinforce a smug superiority. There was little in Hitchens writing that I could not agree with other than possibly the title of the book. Unfortunately for a man of Hitchen's intelligence, his "attack" on the religious and Godly could be likened to a university professor's attack on a elementary student. To alienate the fundamentalist, Hitchens will surely have succeeded, although they will not be his audience with this book. The building of understanding and and wisdom between the two solitudes of believers and non-believers is not a role a contrarian such as Hitchens should be expected to fill and so for this reader, there was little to be gained other than some self-righteous one-upmanship and possibly a little compassion for Mr. Hitchens.
Date published: 2013-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hitchen's Eloquence Makes Reading This Book A Engaging Cerebral Experience I like that Hitchens' careful research leaves no stone unturned. I have watched a lot of Hitchens' debates on YouTube, and many of what is written in the book were already said in these debates. On addition to Hitchens discourse, he also provides his readers dozens of books and articles which he had used for his book research. All in all, if English is not your strong point, (Hitchens use a lot of unfamiliar words -- the book's vocabulary is way too rich for me) I suggest that you have a dictionary at hand (thankfully, I am using Kobo Touch which has an awesome dictionary). I hold a high respect for Christopher Hitchens. Many people may or may not agree with everything that he says, but he does have many persuasive argument when it comes to religion. I highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2011-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth reading - for anyone Having watched a Christopher Hitchens' lecture on YouTube, I immediately bought this book. He has a way with words, some that to be honest, I had to look up, but he invariably gets his points across with which the reader has full understanding. This book is for anyone and everyone - believer and non-believer alike. I admire his respect for people's choices with regard to religion as he states his case. My book is dog-earred and I have looked up so many references that he uses to better understand his position. This book makes one think, which is what I believe is one of his goals in writing it. A serious, controversial subject however for those searching, I highly recommend it.
Date published: 2011-02-15