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god is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens
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Christopher Hitchens
“Many religions now come before us with ingratiating smirks and outspread hands, like an unctuous merchant in a bazaar. They offer consolation and solidarity and uplift, competing as they do in a marketplace. But we have a right to remember how barbarically they behaved when they were strong and were making an offer that people could not refuse.”
Christopher Hitchens, god is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

Christopher Hitchens
“What can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence.”
Christopher Hitchens, god is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

Christopher Hitchens
“it is interesting to find that people of faith now seek defensively to say that they are no worse than fascists or Nazis or Stalinists”
Christopher Hitchens, god is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

Christopher Hitchens
“To 'choose' dogma and faith over doubt and experience is to throw out the ripening vintage and to reach greedily for the Kool-Aid.”
Christopher Hitchens, god is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

Christopher Hitchens
“And here is the point, about myself and my co-thinkers. Our belief is not a belief. Our principles are not a faith. We do not rely solely upon science and reason, because these are necessary rather than sufficient factors, but we distrust anything that contradicts science or outrages reason. We may differ on many things, but what we respect is free inquiry, openmindedness, and the pursuit of ideas for their own sake.”
Christopher Hitchens, god is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

Christopher Hitchens
“One must state it plainly. Religion comes from the period of human prehistory where nobody—not even the mighty Democritus who concluded that all matter was made from atoms—had the smallest idea what was going on. It comes from the bawling and fearful infancy of our species, and is a babyish attempt to meet our inescapable demand for knowledge (as well as for comfort, reassurance and other infantile needs). Today the least educated of my children knows much more about the natural order than any of the founders of religion, and one would like to think—though the connection is not a fully demonstrable one—that this is why they seem so uninterested in sending fellow humans to hell.”
Christopher Hitchens, god is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

Christopher Hitchens
“Our belief is not a belief. Our principles are not a faith. We do not rely soley upon science and reason, because these are necessary rather than sufficient factors, but we distrust anything that contradicts science or outrages reason. We may differ on many things, but what we respect is free inquiry, openmindedness, and the pursuit of ideas for their own sake.”
Christopher Hitchens, god is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

Christopher Hitchens
“Thus, though I dislike to differ with such a great man, Voltaire was simply ludicrous when he said that if god did not exist it would be necessary to invent him. The human invention of god is the problem to begin with.”
Christopher Hitchens, god is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

Christopher Hitchens
“Why do humans exist? A major part of the answer: because Pikaia Gracilens survived the Burgess decimation.”
Christopher Hitchens, god is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

Christopher Hitchens
“The Bible may, indeed does, contain a warrant for trafficking in humans, for ethnic cleansing, for slavery, for bride-price, and for indiscriminate massacre, but we are not bound by any of it because it was put together by crude, uncultured human mammals.”
Christopher Hitchens, god is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

Christopher Hitchens
“[E]xceptional claims demand exceptional evidence.”
Christopher Hitchens, god is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

Christopher Hitchens
“Human decency is not derived from religion. It precedes it.”
Christopher Hitchens, god is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

Christopher Hitchens
“Nothing optional -- from homosexuality to adultery -- is ever made punishable unless those who do the prohibiting (and exact the fierce punishment) have a repressed desire to participate.”
Christopher Hitchens, god is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

Christopher Hitchens
“Here is the point about myself and my co-thinkers. Our belief is not a belief. Our principles are not a faith.
We do not hold our convictions dogmatically. We believe with certainty that an ethical life can be lived without religion. And we know for a fact that the corollary holds true - that religion has caused innumerate people not just to conduct themselves no better than others, but to award themselves permission to behave in ways that would make a brothel-keeper or an ethnic cleanser raise an eyebrow.”
Christopher Hitchens, god is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

Christopher Hitchens
“Violent, irrational, intolerant, allied to racism and tribalism and bigotry, invested in ignorance and hostile to free inquiry, contemptuous of women and coercive toward children: organized religion ought to have a great deal on its conscience.”
Christopher Hitchens, god is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything


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