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God Is Not Great



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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.

Author Biography

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 Mildlyp. 1
Religion Killsp. 15
A Short Digression on the Pig; or, Why Heaven Hates Hamp. 37
A Note on Health, to Which Religion Can Be Hazardousp. 43
The Metaphysical Claims of Religion Are Falsep. 63
Arguments from Designp. 73
Revelation: The Nightmare of the "Old Testamentp. 97
The "New" Testament Exceeds the Evil of the "Old" Onep. 109
The Koran Is Borrowed from Both Jewish and Christian Mythsp. 123
The Tawdriness of the Miraculous and the Decline of Hellp. 139
"The Lowly Stamp of Their Origin": Religion's Corrupt Beginningsp. 155
A Coda: How Religions Endp. 169
Does Religion Make People Behave Better?p. 173
There Is No "Eastern" Solutionp. 195
Religion as an Original Sinp. 205
Is Religion Child Abuse?p. 217
An Objection Anticipated: The Last-Ditch "Case" Against Secularismp. 229
A Finer Tradition: The Resistance of the Rationalp. 253
In Conclusion: The Need for a New Enlightenmentp. 277
Afterwordp. 285
Acknowledgmentsp. 295
Referencesp. 297
Indexp. 305
Reading Group Guidep. 319
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