I recently finished reading the late Christopher Hitchens’ book god is not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything.
In some parts, the book is delightful, and I admire the author’s courage. Although the social penalties for atheism are much less in contemporary democratic societies than in other societies, past and present, there is also personal courage in facing up to the possibility that there is no God and no afterlife, which can be a distressing and demoralizing experience for many. The author’s main points about the inaccuracy or falsity of religious beliefs about cosmology and history, as well as the persistent use of religion historically to rationalize evil behavior (such as the trading or keeping of slaves) have been made by others, but the author’s arguments are not entirely unoriginal, and I definitely learned some new things.
Having said that, I also need to say this: god is not Great is filled with many…
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