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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.
Chistopher Hitchens is a widely published polemicist and frequent radio and TV commentator. He is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and a visiting professor of liberal studies at the New School in New York.
Table of Contents
|Putting It Mildly||p. 1|
|Religion Kills||p. 15|
|A Short Digression on the Pig; or, Why Heaven Hates Ham||p. 37|
|A Note on Health, to Which Religion Can Be Hazardous||p. 43|
|The Metaphysical Claims of Religion Are False||p. 63|
|Arguments from Design||p. 73|
|Revelation: The Nightmare of the "Old Testament||p. 97|
|The "New" Testament Exceeds the Evil of the "Old" One||p. 109|
|The Koran Is Borrowed from Both Jewish and Christian Myths||p. 123|
|The Tawdriness of the Miraculous and the Decline of Hell||p. 139|
|"The Lowly Stamp of Their Origin": Religion's Corrupt Beginnings||p. 155|
|A Coda: How Religions End||p. 169|
|Does Religion Make People Behave Better?||p. 173|
|There Is No "Eastern" Solution||p. 195|
|Religion as an Original Sin||p. 205|
|Is Religion Child Abuse?||p. 217|
|An Objection Anticipated: The Last-Ditch "Case" Against Secularism||p. 229|
|A Finer Tradition: The Resistance of the Rational||p. 253|
|In Conclusion: The Need for a New Enlightenment||p. 277|
|Reading Group Guide||p. 319|
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