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God Is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens
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Nov 19, 2008

it was ok

Hitchens certainly does unleash his claws at describing the harms of religion and how to shed our prehistory and continue on from there. However, it seems that he tries too hard. He uses names and words that the common man won't know (e.g. Spinoza, Stoic, Descartes, solipsism, etc.). By reading the acknowledgments at the end, Hitchens explains that this essay was something he was working on for a long time. It seems that this "essay" is mainly written for himself. I certainly can't think of a huge amount of atheists who are willing to go for his cause, and I certainly can't think of theists who would change their minds because of this "essay." In short, Hitchens seems to, at best, preach to the choir, or at worst, does nothing.However, there are some historical anecdotes that are worth reading through. At best, that would probably be the interesting aspects of this book. Other than that, if one wants to know more about atheism, I suggest going somewhere else.

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