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 .
Do yourself a favor and skip the Dawkins and Harris; they're smug, turgid, and boring, with all the human feeling of a tax return. Read Hitchens instead... A tendentious delight, a caustic and even brilliant book... Thank God for Christopher Hitchens. -- Mark Warren * Esquire *
Dazzling... A campaign to put this glittering anti-theist tract on the national curriculum for "religious education" should begin here. -- Johann Hari * Independent *
Hitchens is a grand rhetorician, and his double-barrelled shotgun of a book is high entertainment... As with Voltaire, his scornful laughter is a powerful weapon. -- Christopher Hart * Sunday Times *
The anti-religion case has never been put so well, so comprehensively or so definitively as in this razor-sharp book... Hitchens accumulates a devastating case... Outstanding. -- A.C. Grayling * Independent on Sunday *
Christopher Hitchens is a master craftsman of argument... God is not Great is undoubtedly the most boisterously entertaining contribution to the [atheism] debate. -- Siobhan Murphy * Metro *
God is not Great is easily the most brilliant and fascinating contemplation upon the role of religion in human society in recent times, the Das Kapital of a tolerant, if exasperated, atheism. -- Kevin Myers * Irish Independent *