With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts,
Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion. Now in
'This is easily the most impressive of the present crop of atheistic and anti-theistic books: clever, broad, witty and brilliantly argued.' - Sydney Morning Herald .
Christopher Hitchens has been hailed as 'one of the most brilliant journalists of our time' (UK Observer ). Here he makes the ultimate case against organised religion.
In God is Not Great, Hitchen tweezes through the major religious texts with forensic shrewdness. With chapters entitled Religion Kills', and Is Religion Child Abuse?', he fearlessly argues for a secular life based on science and reason, tarring religion as man-made wish-thinking. He documents the ways in which religion is a cause of dangerous sexual repression and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos; in Hitchen's vision, hell is replaced by the Hubble telescope's view of the universe, and Moses and the burning bush give way to the double helix. Principally, Hitchens argues that the concept of an omniscient God has profoundly damaged humanity, and proposes that the world might be a great deal better off without 'Him'.
'If you are a religious apologist invited to debate with Christopher Hitchens, decline.' - Richard Dawkins.
About the Author
CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS is the author of Letters to a Young Contrarian , and the bestseller No One Left to Lie To: The Values of the Worst Family . A regular contributor to Vanity Fair , The Atlantic Monthly and Slate , Hitchens also writes for The Weekly Standard , The National Review and The Independent . He was named one of the world's 'Top 100 Public Intellectuals' by Foreign Policy and Britain's Prospect .
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Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: August 2008
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 13.0 x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1