Summary:In the tradition of Bertrand Russell’s Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris’ recent best-seller, 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 view of the universe, and Moses and the burning bush give way to the beauty of the double helix….Read more.
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Christopher Hitchens: God Is Not Great Audio Book Summary
God is not great is a work of the writer, journalist and literary critic Christopher Hitchens, who was known for writing on controversial issues related to religion, also for narrating the hidden history of historical figures such as Mother Teresa de Calcula, Princess Diana or Former President Kennedy.
Christopher Hitchens is an exceptionally witty writer, who finds the way to express himself by means of conversational type writing with humorous touches, sometimes also with an arrogant and pretentious tone.
God is not great is an irreverent book about the dangers of religion and faith.
The main message is that religion can be a bad influence and corrupt everything it touches. The author offers brief case studies in which religion has led people to make bad decisions and has unleashed a wave of evil and destruction.
The book begins with an autobiographical cut, but only with the aim of achieving a better support of his thesis. He talks about his childhood years learning Bible passages and how one day, due to a comment from his teacher, he began to think that God did not exist, so began his research on theology, history and science and became an atheist.
Hitchens does not seek to attack God, rather he focuses his theories on the obsolescence of religions. According to him, Catholicism, Christianity, Judaism, Islam and even Buddhism, in short all religions, are the cause of 99% Of the evils of the world from the creation of the same ones to our days. It states that issues such as racism, xenophobia, genocide, slavery, homophobia, classism, sexism and poverty are all a bad consequence of people’s obsession with having gods.
The author gives a short lecture on evolution and says that with the knowledge derived from science, it should be enough for anyone not to believe in anything related to deities, however, the argument that evolutionary theory supplements religious, is not Solidly grounded, appears in the book as what it is, a theory that has no evidence of absolute truth.
Hitchens gathers much information to convince the most skeptical that it has always been the mission of religion to make men to be slaves of faith, renouncing rational and independent thinking. Another mission has been to inject fear into believers in the face of the threat that they will not attain eternal life if they do not fulfill the plans of their God.
The author constructs solid arguments structurally and methodically from micro to framework as he progresses in the chapters, makes use of his erudition and his wit, and does not fear to bother or call things by his name, he does not walk around when he Tries to expose its ideology.
Finally, it recognizes that there are very valuable people immersed in religions, it is not these people that constitute a problem, because everyone has the right to believe what he considers correct but without damaging third parties; It is the people who take their beliefs to the extreme and misinterpret the scriptures which they say, truly are a danger to society.
It is a very intelligent work that even though it seeks to raise awareness, it is not recommended for all types of public, as some might consider it offensive.