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"God is Not Great, How Religion Poisons Everything" by Christopher Hitchens youtube.com

Submitted by bel793 in books (edited )

"In the tradition of Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris's 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."

Here is the pdf version http://www.evolbiol.ru/docs/docs/large_files/hitchens.pdf

It has its flaws but it's a great rebuttal of all the arguments put forth by people of many religions to justify its existence even.

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Dumai wrote

i thought the left grew out new atheism when people realised how fucking racist and silly it is but regardless do you really want to be posting christopher hitchens here

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bel793 wrote

I'll just post what I want to post, I've got my criticisms of the books, I've got my appreciations of the book.

Just give me a book to counter this one and I'll be delighted.

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Dumai wrote (edited )

i don't really know of any book-length critiques of god is not great but i think you'd probably need one to deal with the sheer amount of factual errors in that book

and yeah you can post what you like, but fair warning -- you may alienate people on this site by posting the work of one of the most prominent supporters of the iraq war. or an apologist for globalisation. or a pro-lifer. or a believer in colonialism. i could keep going but even i'm not that obnoxious

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bel793 wrote

No, I have my criticisms of Hitchens, mostly on going away from Marxism. I read or listen what he has to say and keep what I find best.

But thanks anyway.

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Dumai wrote

consider the reason why a trotskyist like hitch might easily see the appeal of globalisation (and why so many prominent neocons are ex-trotskyists)

consider why a marxist might believe western colonialism was historically neccessary

trust me hitchens' problems loooong predate his break from marxism

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Tequila_Wolf wrote

About half of the ten most recent posts in f/atheism are around this, if you're interested.

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bel793 wrote

Thanks for that, I already knew about most of it for a long time. I've seen how the movement around Hitchens, Hirsi Ali, Dawkins, etc. has morphed over the years, but overall I still appreciate many of the ideas expressed and integrate the best in the context of my own atheism.