God is not Great?

A confession. I have not read it, nor do I intend to read it. First of all I am choosy about what I spend my time reading. Secondly, this, like Dawkins smacks of the meretricious. I’m talking about Christopher Hitchens’ new book, ‘God is not Great.’ According to Hitchens religion is “violent, irrational, intolerant, allied to racism and tribalism and bigotry, invested in ignorance and hostile to free inquiry, contemptuous of women and coercive toward children.” But Hitchens is not a serious voice. Like Dawkins he is an entertainer. There is not serious argument here. Witness his comments on Calvin who according to Hitchens was “a sadist and torturer and killer.’ Hitchens does nothing more here that purport a much travelled myth. If Hitchens cannot be bothered to check his facts why should his argument be taken seriously?

Nor does he take religion seriously as an entity. He does not define religion, a notoriously tricky subject to define. Indeed he bends definitions to suit himself. When confronted with the evils of Hitler and Stalin he redefines the state they created as theocracy to further his arugument.

For a book rooted in modernism it really is singularly unaware of any kind of reasonable argument or evidence.

Don’t waste your time or money on Hitchens’ ravings. The only thing that it really has value for is recycling.

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