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god is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens
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Dec 03, 2009

really liked it
Read in December, 2009

This should be called How to Talk to a Religionist if You Must. It lays out great arguments against religion that we should all have in our quivers. Every atheist and agnostic should read it. Religionists who are questioning might benefit from it as well, since the arguments are eased into—the really hard core stuff doesn't come until the end.

There seems to be an emphasis on how horrible Islam is, which is concerning because of the volatile political climate right now. I think that much of the arguments against Islam today are simply issues that Christianity and Judaism have grown out of.

He discusses the three main monotheistic faiths but goes beyond that and also discusses various Eastern religions as well. This pluralism is called for because many seeking a way out of Western religion find themselves in Eastern religion, which is often no better but seems new and different.

All in all, a good read and worth the time.
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12/04/2009 page 161
12/07/2009 page 207
67.43% "I like that he's going through the "Eastern" religions, now. He might convert more westerners if he started there."
12/07/2009 page 217
70.68% "Oooh, getting to the good part: next chapter is called "Is Religion Child Abuse?"!"
12/08/2009 page 227
73.94% "He's speaking out against male genital mutilation. I'm so glad someone—in a mainstream forum—is. The practice is barbaric & should be go"
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message 1: by Sheree (new)

Sheree can't wait to hear your review sounds interesting.

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G (galen) thanks for the review! adding it to my list :)

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