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judith

judith canary wharf, United Kingdom Member Since 2009
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  • "An ally from the CP Snow's other cu..."

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    Wonderful book, from a wonderful man, read in his own inimitable voice. I dutifully read 'The God Delusion' by Richard Dawkins, and agree passionately with his thesis, but even the most ardent supporter of Mr Dawkins has to worry that he might sound just a teeny bit wooden and geeky to the average reader. Here is a humanities man walking confidently and smilingly towards science from his natural habitat in a literature or history department. He speaks with such heart about human duplicity and the urge for power that you feel he sees inside the heads of the (intelligent) priesthood, using and abusing their gullible flocks, Indeed, Hitch actually seems to be quite tempted, mildly envious of the evangelists who use silky words to get into the knickers of their flocks, which infuses the whole book with a human insight very different from scientists (such as, say, Sam Harris) treating the same subject. Further illustrations of this difference in approach are the delicate snatches of piano music between chapters, and the pithy historical quotations kicking off each new chapter. I know Hitch is really gone, and I know he knew he would truly be no more, and I know he might have despised me for thinking otherwise, but for me he is still a little bit alive in my ipod. Dear man.

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    God Is Not Great: The Case Against Religion

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    • By Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Christopher Hitchens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    With robust 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 awesome view of the universe, and Moses and the burning bush give way to the beauty and symmetry of the double helix. God Is Not Great marvels at the possibility of society without religion.

    Lesley says: "Unstoppable"
  • "Ahead of his time"

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    I'm glad to think that Bertrand Russell lived until 1970 and therefore long enough to see some of the liberal reforms for which he argued, come to fruition. In these essays from the early part of the 20th Century, he is too coy even to use the word 'homosexuality', but makes oblique references as he argues for greater tolerance. In a way, these essays have dated because our society has (thankfully) moved on so much. In his day he would have been dynamite!

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    What I Believe: 3 Complete Essays on Religion

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Bertrand Russell
    • Narrated By Terrence Hardiman
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    Remarkably relevant, beautifully written, and filled with wit and wisdom, these 3 essays by Bertrand Russell allow the listener to test the concepts of The Good Life, Morality, The Existence of God, Christianity, and Human Nature. "What I Believe" was used prominently in the 1940 New York court proceedings in which Russell was judicially declared "unfit" to teach philosophy at City College of New York. "Why I Am Not a Christian" concludes that churches throughout history have retarded progress and states that we should instead "look to our own efforts here below to make this world a fit place to live in." Finally, "A Free Man's Worship," perhaps the most famous single essay written by Russell, considers whether humans operate from free will.

    judith says: "Ahead of his time"
  • "Not easy listening for religious types"

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    ...but they probably will not even try, which is the pity with this type of book. Sam Harris is thoughtful, clever, funny and scary. It might seem expensive for only 1 hour 56 mins - but I think you'll want to listen to it twice.

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    Letter to a Christian Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 56 mins)
    • By Sam Harris
    • Narrated By Jordan Bridges
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    "Forty-four percent of the American population is convinced that Jesus will return to judge the living and the dead sometime in the next 50 years," writes Sam Harris. "Imagine the consequences if any significant component of the U.S. government actually believed that the world was about to end and that its ending would be glorious. The fact that nearly half of the American population apparently believes this...should be considered a moral and intellectual emergency."

    Stephan says: "The middle ground of the extreme perspective"
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    Winner of the British Book Awards, Author of the Year, 2007.
    Shortlisted for the British Book Awards, Book of the Year, 2007.
    Shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize, 2007.
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