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Hitchens vs. Blair by Christopher Hitchens
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bookshelves: non-fiction, atheism
Read on May 11, 2011

Hitchens won, no surprises there.

Blair argues that faith inspires people to do good.
He forgets to mention that religion more often, and to a worse degree, inspires people to do bad.
In any case, faith is the acceptance of a proposition with no evidence.
This is simply dangerous, foolish, and a bad idea.
Nothing so unsafe as religious faith can be a force for good.

Blair mentions charitable and good acts by religious peoples.
He claims these acts are inspired by religious faith.
I say these acts were taken DESPITE religious faith.
Good people will do good things, with or without faith in religious, bad books.

Oh, and Blair had the audacity to call Einstein a religious man.
He was an atheist at the age of TEN!
A family friend lent him popular science books which brought an end to his "religious paradise".
People who claim Einstein for their side of religion are stupidly misinterpreting his use of the word "god".
He used the word "god" as a synonym for nature, and an ANALOGY to help the lay person.

Then, as if to make a mockery of himself, Blair goes on the defensive.
He argues that not all bad things come from religion, and that not all things which come from religion are bad.
Both points miss the topic of the debate entirely!
The question wasn't "Is religion the only force of evil in the world?"
Clearly it is not.
The question was "Is religion a force for good in the world?"
Clearly it is not.
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message 1: by Brad (new)

Brad And Hitchens kicked his ass in the full throws of cancer treatment. What a bad ass.


message 2: by the review man (new)

the review man Einstein wasn't an atheist. He was a deist. Big difference.


message 3: by Brad (new)

Brad As a deist, then, Einstein was an atheist to all other gods. In fact, any theist is an athiest to some other god.


message 4: by the review man (last edited Aug 20, 2013 04:05PM) (new)

the review man An atheist is someone who believes in no gods at all. Einstein was not an atheist in any sense of the word, as he did believe in a god. Please consult a dictionary before posting underdeveloped comments.


message 5: by Brad (last edited Sep 13, 2011 04:20PM) (new)

Brad they may believe in their god, but they certainly don't believe in that god or that god or that god. hence there is, at least, a god they do not believe in.


message 6: by the review man (last edited Aug 20, 2013 04:04PM) (new)

the review man On the contrary; 'atheist' is an all-or-nothing word: either you believe in a god or you don't.


message 7: by Brad (new)

Brad perhaps so.


message 8: by the review man (last edited Aug 20, 2013 04:04PM) (new)

the review man Up is down. Ignorance is knowledge. Slavery is freedom.

Brought to you by Brad as a value-added.


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