God Is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens
How Religion Poisons Everything

65%

17 Critic Reviews

Its weakness is its almost fanatical insistence that religion poisons "everything," which tips over into barely disguised misanthropy.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

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

About Christopher Hitchens

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Christopher Hitchens was a contributing editor to Vanity Fair, Slate, and The Atlantic, and the author of numerous books, including works on Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, and George Orwell. He also wrote the international bestsellers god Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, Hitch-22: A Memoir, and Arguably. He died in December 2011.
 
Published May 1, 2007 by Twelve. 548 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy, History, Sports & Outdoors, Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Above average

It’s clear from page to page that Hitchens, a columnist for Vanity Fair, is having a grand time twitting the folks in the white collars and purple dresses, in the turbans and beehives.

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NY Times

Good
on May 13 2007

Hitchens has outfoxed the Hitchens watchers by writing a serious and deeply felt book, totally consistent with his beliefs of a lifetime.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Robin McKie on Mar 08 2008

Hitchens's approach is to rage against 'violent, irrational, intolerant' religion, and he lands many punches. Yet he does not come up with alternatives to the beliefs he is attacking...God is not Great supplies mainly anger. That doesn't stop it being wonderfully entertaining, of course.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Nicholas Lezard on Feb 29 2008

Of course, it is highly selective: we hear a lot more about the bad news than the good news - but then this is one side of a debate, and not a bland overview. Even zealots - particularly zealots - should salute Hitchens's courage. It is also immensely entertaining. Even the Catholic Herald liked it. Well, sort of.

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Guardian

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on Apr 17 2010

Hitchens's picture is lopsided in important ways.

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Guardian

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on Mar 09 2008

God is not Great supplies mainly anger. That doesn't stop it being wonderfully entertaining, of course.

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Guardian

Good
on Mar 01 2008

Even zealots - particularly zealots - should salute Hitchens's courage. It is also immensely entertaining. Even the Catholic Herald liked it. Well, sort of.

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Guardian

Below average
on Jun 23 2007

If doctors make the wrong diagnosis it can be disastrous, and this is what Hitchens has done in relation to the ills of humanity.

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Guardian

Above average
on Jun 03 2007

Hitchens's book will be manna to the converted, but his explicit aim is to win believers to his cause. I doubt that he will reclaim a single soul.

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Publishers Weekly

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Its weakness is its almost fanatical insistence that religion poisons "everything," which tips over into barely disguised misanthropy.

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Blog Critics

Good
on May 30 2007

In God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, Hitchens has put together an intelligent and methodical dismantling of religion.

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The Economist

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on May 31 2007

What is missing from the book is much sense of what a world without religion, or one that had not had religion in it, might look like.

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Open Letters Monthly

Below average

Hitchens claims he’s been writing his book for years, but the work belies the claim: it’s everywhere botched, sloppy, and adolescent.

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Blogger News Network

Excellent
on May 10 2012

It is an extraordinary book not so much for its coruscating destruction of the whole basis of religious belief, nor even for its modernity but above all for its scholarship.

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Esquire

Excellent
on Apr 25 2007

Thank God for Christopher Hitchens. For he has written the finest of the down-with-God books.

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Journey With Jesus

Below average

It's unfortunate that as one of our leading public intellectuals Christopher Hitchens cannot move beyond his considerable gifts of sarcasm and ridicule to shed some new light on that empirical truth.

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Commentary

Above average

Hitchens here shows himself to be more credulous and sentimental—and much more insidious—than any of the religious mythmakers he so earnestly despises.

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If you went to a Catholic school, you'll love it. ;)