God Is Not Great

God Is Not Great

How Religion Poisons Everything

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"A case against religion and a description of the ways in which religion is man-made"--Provided by the publisher.
Publisher: New York : Twelve, 2007
ISBN: 9781551991764
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snowish
Sep 07, 2017

A much needed book. Hitchens notes that religion is always the loudest critic of freedom of speech. I find that this statement is an interesting parallel to today's Western world where freedom of speech is under fire from those who fear to "offend" (offend whomever on whatever subject). Let's not forget that a secular movement can very well become a religious cult if its dogmatic pronouncements are not allowed to be questioned, and heretics are soon found and excommunicated. Shouting down a dissenter is usually the go-to method.

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Strechfu
Jul 06, 2017

Done very well. Just the facts. This book is for the open minded person who requires evidence before making a commitment to a particular way to lead ones life. Please remember just because someone believes something or even a million people believe something, doesn't make it true in any way. To know for sure the (belief in question) must be observed and tested. This is called science, this is why we know the earth is not flat. Several hundred years ago (not a long time)
everyone thought the world was flat. You get the point.

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silfron
May 18, 2017

Hitchens makes some good points, but while he claims to make arguments against the existence of a god he only seems to make arguments against religion, which is not the same thing. Also, the writing style is incredibly repetitive and pretentious.

Hitchens presents an intelligent and highly reasoned case for a new age of enlightenment without the unnecessary burdens and dogma of anyone’s god. The monotheistic gods and religions need to be relegated to the status of myth and folktale as we have already accomplished with Zeus, Odin, Romulus and the other polytheistic gods.

AL_ZACHT Dec 15, 2016

A great work by an extremely witty and erudite intellectual. Hitchens picks apart religious belief and practice and shows how all of it is utter nonsense that doesn't rest on any sound evidence or principles and isn't moral.

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rswcove
Mar 29, 2016

This is not Hitchens' best book, but it is a highly readable book. And it is, judging from the hysteria it provoked, a highly needed book.

That Hitchens' is not wrong in his points is very much the point. The author has only to enumerate the track records of the religions of the world all in one place and the religious people of the world rise up in anger- as though the greatest sin was to talk about what they actually did (not what they preached) all together so that the real world house of their otherworldly religion can be judged like other institutions of man.
Blasphemy, and much needed blasphemy. Every angry screaming, scripture laden, review on this page is proof of the necessity of this book.

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danielestes
Mar 08, 2016

If you love Hitch, don't miss his latest withering take on religious belief and its institutions. As criticism goes, God Is Not Great is scathing and unforgiving. But since it's Christopher Hitchens we're talking about here, it's all in a day's work for him.

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JihadiConservative
Feb 24, 2016

Big joke.

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naturalist
Feb 21, 2016

“What can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence.”
and,
“The person who is certain, and who claims divine warrant for his certainty, belongs now to the infancy of our species.”
and,
“In the very recent past, we have seen the Church of Rome befouled by its complicity with the unpardonable sin of child rape, or, as it might be phrased in Latin form, "no child's behind left.”
from “God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything”, by Christopher Hitchens 1949-2011
https://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/3442838-god-is-not-great-how-religion-poisons-everything
Recommended:
“Why I Am Not a Christian ” and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects”
by Bertrand Russell 1872-1970

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blue_dolphin_3839
Feb 06, 2016

HOW CAN PEOPLE READ THIS STUFF????
God is the greatest of the great He exists,and He created us! He is our Savior. Jesus died for our sins so that we could live.
John 3:16 says: For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, so whoever believes in him will never die but have eternal life.
Romans 5:8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Psalm 86:15 But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

God’s unfailing love for us is an objective fact affirmed over and over in the Scriptures. It is true whether we believe it or not. Our doubts do not destroy God’s love, nor does our faith create it. It originates in the very nature of God, who is love, and it flows to us through our union with His beloved Son. ~ Jerry Bridges

When the time comes for you to die, you need not be afraid, because death cannot separate you from God’s love. ~ Charles Surgeon

Hebrews 11:6 ESV
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

1 John 4:8 ESV
Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love

Revelation 4:11
“Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”

Romans 1:21
For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.

James 2:14-26
What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. ...

Romans 6:23 ESV
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Mark 16:15-16 ESV
And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

So go all of you and preach the good news!
God IS GREAT! He is our SAVIOR!
Amen.

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naturalist
Feb 21, 2016

“What can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence.”
and
“The person who is certain, and who claims divine warrant for his certainty, belongs now to the infancy of our species.”
and
“In the very recent past, we have seen the Church of Rome befouled by its complicity with the unpardonable sin of child rape, or, as it might be phrased in Latin form, "no child's behind left.”
from “Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything”, by Christopher Hitchens 1949-2011
https://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/3442838-god-is-not-great-how-religion-poisons-everything

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naturalist
Feb 21, 2016

“What can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence.”
and
“The person who is certain, and who claims divine warrant for his certainty, belongs now to the infancy of our species.”
and
“In the very recent past, we have seen the Church of Rome befouled by its complicity with the unpardonable sin of child rape, or, as it might be phrased in Latin form, "no child's behind left.”
from “Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything”, by Christopher Hitchens 1949-2011
https://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/3442838-god-is-not-great-how-religion-poisons-everything

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Punkrocknroll
Jun 24, 2014

“We have no way to quantify the damage done by telling tens of millions of children that masturbation will make them blind, or that impure thoughts will lead to an eternity of torment, or that members of other faiths including members of their own families will burn, or that venereal disease will result from kisses. Nor can we hope to quantify the damage done by holy instructors who rammed home these lies and accompanied them with floggings and rapes and public humiliations. Some of those who "rest in unvistited tombs" may have contributed to the good of the world, but those who preached hatred and fear and guilt and who ruined innumerable childhoods should have been thankful that the hell they preached was only one among their wicked falsifications, and that they were not sent to rot there.” (Pg 55-56)

adgrace Jan 06, 2012

"The level of intensity fluctuates according to time and place, but it can be stated as a truth that religion does not, and in the long run cannot, be content with its own marvelous claims and sublime assurances. It must seek to interfere with the lives of nonbelievers, or heretics, or adherents of other faiths. It may speak about the bliss of the next world, but it wants power in this one. This is only to be expected. It is, after all, wholly man-made. And it does not have the confidence in its own various preachings even to allow coexistence between different faiths." (p.22)

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RonNasty64
Jan 19, 2009

"If English was good enough for Jesus, then it's good enough for me." Governor of Texas.

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