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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (32,406 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Christopher Hitchens Narrator: Christopher Hitchens Publisher: Hachette Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2007 ISBN:
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Christopher Hitchens, the author of twelve books and five collections of essays, all dealing with issues that are important to us today, presents a polemic against religion titled God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything. God Is Not Great seems like a short book, but it presents a variety of arguments against religion from various points of view. Hitchens doesn't restrict himself to Christianity but also attacks religions such as Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism as well.

Some of the points Hitchens makes are pointedly witty, such as when he asks if the Jews didn't realize that murder and adultery were sins before receiving the Ten Commandments. However, other points, though made in a light vein, are quite serious, such as the killing that takes place in the name of religion. Hitchens brings up the example of Salman Rushdie who had a fatwah placed on him due to his book, The Satanic Verses, and how religious heads throughout the world agreed that he had it coming.

He ridicules the practice of circumcision and denounces the practice of female genital mutilation in certain parts of Africa. He argues against the argument by design and brings up the fact that many religious texts, including the Bible, have been patched together from various sources and do not form a cohesive whole. Sexually, as well, he points out that the Catholic Church declared that condoms do not stop the spread of HIV, and this led to an increase in AIDS in Africa.

Overall, this book makes for an interesting, amusing read which spans a great deal—from personal anecdote to historical fact, from logical arguments to emotional pronouncements which show that Hitchens is quite passionate about the topic.

Hitchens was the son of parents who were both in the British Royal Navy and attended Oxford where he studied philosophy, politics and economics. He went on to become a journalist who contributed to many journals such as The Nation, The Atlantic, New Statesman, The Times Literary Supplement, The London Review of Books, Slate Magazine and Vanity Fair. God Is Not Great reached The New York Times bestseller list in its third week. Hitchens was known for taking unexpected positions on various issues, sometimes leaning towards the liberal side and sometimes towards the conservative end. He died in 2011 of esophageal cancer brought on by his smoking habit.

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. Download and start listening now!


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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anna | 2/6/2014

    " OK, I'm going to admit defeat on this about a third of the way through. Hitchens could have tried every now and then to understand why people turn to religion, rather than just looking down his nose at religion the whole time (I'm saying this as a pretty unwavering atheist). Reading 5 more minutes of this would be a chore, let alone over half a book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Craig Beckett | 2/5/2014

    " You may disagree with his viewpoints. But Hitchens was a unique wit and a brilliant polemicist. A book that everyone should read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam Morris | 2/1/2014

    " This is a serious book from a serious writer. However, it is not a treatise to be argued by theologians or Phd candidates in religious studies. It is unlikely to sway anyone's opinion. It is simply observations of the numerous fallacies and inconsistencies in religious history and, as CSNY observed decades ago, the terrible things done in God's name. I put it in a category with Bill Maher's film although a little heavier. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sooraj Subramaniam | 1/24/2014

    " Slightly tedious to get through, but some interesting observations. Most just verbose and non-dispassionate argument. Nothing new, really. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hayley | 1/17/2014

    " An interesting read with some really thought provoking points. My only gripe is that there was a considerable number of foreign quotations without translations which, not being a reader of French or Latin, sometimes made it a bit tricky for me to follow Hitchens' arguments. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Razvan | 1/13/2014

    " One of Hitchens best works on why religion does more harm than good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Markness | 1/1/2014

    " Oh, the SHADE of it all! ;) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richie | 12/17/2013

    " Brilliant. Just the right mix of fact, references and fierce polemic -- exactly what I was looking for. And there's some tenderness there. He wasn't lying when he said true atheism should be indistinguishable from humanism. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Randy Rose | 6/18/2013

    " No none does it better than Hitchens did. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan Russell | 2/5/2013

    " any serious thinker should read this, but be willing to not take themself too seriously while doing so.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shekib82 | 6/11/2012

    " Very well written diatribe against religion. Hitchen's makes a good case, and seriously made my doubt my beliefs. I guess the see of doubt was planted a long time ago. I managed to overcome my doubts, but this book certainly will leave an impact. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lyceum | 6/10/2012

    " Very informative book. Whether an individual agrees or not with the authors POV, the wealth of information within the book is tremendous. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 5/28/2012

    " I'd give it 5 stars but it is sorta written in a partially inaccessible way. (Lots of dictionary work) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katie Miller | 4/28/2012

    " Even though I agree with a lot of points presented in this book, wow this is the most pretentious thing I've ever read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Chalmers | 7/6/2011

    " Loved it, again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter | 6/26/2011

    " got half way through this book and to my horror, god actually might not exist ! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen | 6/17/2011

    " Hitchens uses words precisely. His arguments are clear and supported. I agree with what he has to say about the topic. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Larry | 6/16/2011

    " Don't tell my mom I read this!

    Kidding. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 6/12/2011

    " Excellent book by an eloquent writer and thinker. Food for thought for the believer and non-believer. Accurately (generally, I have a problem with his over-simplification of Japanese Buddhism) depicts the flaws and evils of organized religion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charon | 6/4/2011

    " No doubt, it's a good and important book, but to me, it felt too textbooky at times and therefore it took me quite a while to finish it. "

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About the Author
Author Christopher HitchensChristopher Hitchens was born April 13, 1949, in England and graduated from Balliol College at Oxford University. The father of three children, he was the author of more than twenty books and pamphlets, including collections of essays, criticism, and reportage. His book God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything was a finalist for the 2007 National Book Award and an international bestseller. His bestselling memoir, Hitch-22, was a finalist for the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography. The New York Times named his bestselling omnibus Arguably one of the ten best books of the year. A visiting professor of liberal studies at the New School in New York City, he was also the I.F. Stone professor at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. He was a columnist, literary critic, and contributing editor at Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, Slate, The Times Literary Supplement, The Nation, New Statesman, World Affairs, and Free Inquiry, among other publications. Following his death, Yoko Ono awarded him the Lennon-Ono Grant for Peace.