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God is Not Great :  How Religion Poisons Everything - Christopher Hitchens

God is Not Great

How Religion Poisons Everything


Published: August 2008
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With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion. Now in paperback.

'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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Brilliant, insightful and witty. A revelation for the non-be


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      Hitchens delivers with clarity and wit and a passion for the truth that undeniable. A must read for anyone who questions religion and the turmoil it brings.

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      Christopher Hitchens

      Born on April 13, 1949 in Portsmouth, England, Christopher Hitchens wrote for a variety of English magazines before moving to the United States in 1981. Hitchens established himself as one of the leading intellectual writers of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, willing to offend his readership with his controversial positions on matters such as religion, art, politics, war and literature.

      Hitchens died on December 15, 2011, from complications arising from oesophageal cancer. His death prompted tributes and eulogies from a range of public figures, including Tony Blair, Richard Dawkins, Martin Amis, James Fenton, and Stephen Fry.

      Visit Christopher Hitchens's Booktopia Author Page

      ISBN: 9781741755725
      ISBN-10: 1741755727
      Audience: Tertiary; University or College
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      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