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God Is Not Great: The Case Against Religion | [Christopher Hitchens]

God Is Not Great: The Case Against Religion

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.
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Publisher's Summary

In the tradition of Bertrand Russell's "Why I Am Not a Christian", Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion.

In a series of acurate readings of the major religious texts, he demonstrates the ways in which religion is man-made, dangerously sexually repressive, and distorts the origins of the cosmos.

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.

©2007 Christopher Hitchens; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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    Lesley Southport, United Kingdom 06/06/2009
    Lesley Southport, United Kingdom 06/06/2009
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    "Unstoppable"

    This is one of my favorite purchases. I read the book when it was first released after hearing Hitchens on the Today program (radio 4) debating his irksome younger sibling (Peter). This listen is an excellent rebuke of all monotheistic religions by looking at the ridiculousness of the readings in the Bible (old and new), Torah and Koran along with other religious lifestyle books (Hadif). Hitchen's great command of language and story telling come to the fore and he throws in a few of his own stories which are funny. You will not regret this purchace.

    14 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Delahunty St Geours de Maremne France 30/01/2012
    Andrew Delahunty St Geours de Maremne France 30/01/2012 Member Since 2007

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    "Excellent"

    Excellent analysis of the histories of religions and there success in controlling our societies and individuals and of their consistently bad behavior when they find themselves in the majority. A breath of fresh air for those who wish to have an unshackled mind. Can't rate this work to highly.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Matt Clacton, Essex, United Kingdom 25/08/2008
    Matt Clacton, Essex, United Kingdom 25/08/2008 Member Since 2006
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    "Take a deep breath"

    This is an incredible book that will point the true learner chasing down references but it has disabused me of so many notions that I feel quite empty. At least with Dawkins I could draw some strength from Ghandi and the New Testament. I will have to start my beliefs all over again and so would not recommend this to anyone who holds their prejudices dear.

    20 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    judith canary wharf, United Kingdom 09/08/2012
    judith canary wharf, United Kingdom 09/08/2012 Member Since 2009
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    "An ally from the CP Snow's other culture"

    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.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    matt innerleithen, United Kingdom 24/09/2011
    matt innerleithen, United Kingdom 24/09/2011
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    "Destroys arguements for higher beings"

    Hitchens wit and wisdom beautifully lines up and slaughters every sacred cow of the religulous

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Stephan Walton on ThamesUnited Kingdom 02/01/2011
    Stephan Walton on ThamesUnited Kingdom 02/01/2011 Member Since 2010
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    "A rebuttal of biblical proportions!"

    This is a well researched and articulated presentation of the atheistic argument, given additional weight by Hitchens 'matter of fact' reading style. It totally demolishes the religous perspective, but goes further by undermining the whole concept of 'faith' as an alternative to the spirit of scientific enquiry.
    We're I a person of any religious persuasion, I might feel utterly ashamed of myself after reading/hearing this book, such is the force of its argument.
    That said, it is not without humour, Hitchens' derisive portrayal of the obvious absurdity of the religious mind set, rent many a snort of mirth from me.

    Should be required reading.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Darren - UK 18/04/2014
    Darren - UK 18/04/2014 Member Since 2014
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    "A Good book but a tuff listen."
    Where does God Is Not Great rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not one of my favs.


    What other book might you compare God Is Not Great to, and why?

    Well the god delusion is the obvious one which to my mind is better written.The problem i have with christopher hitchens is the he jumps around alot form topic to topic and from example to example this distracts from the overall message of the book.


    What aspect of Christopher Hitchens’s performance might you have changed?

    Although i like that christopher hitchens narrated this himself as it allows you to get a feel of what he is about and adds flavor to the book. He doesn't have a particularly good reading voice and is prone to mumbel.


    Any additional comments?

    I love christopher hitchens and admired nim greatly but i do not rete this book that highly and would recommend buying the paperback

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    SKY LIGHT United Kingdom 06/04/2014
    SKY LIGHT United Kingdom 06/04/2014 Member Since 2011
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    "Study this in Schools!"
    Any additional comments?

    This is an essential text for everyone interested in religion, whether a believer or non-believer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel REIGATE, United Kingdom 13/12/2013
    Daniel REIGATE, United Kingdom 13/12/2013 Member Since 2011
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    "God is not great - is great."
    Would you consider the audio edition of God Is Not Great to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version but as with many books, when it is the author that is the one speaking on the audiobook, you feel somewhat more able to become part of their world and perhaps more sympathetic to their views. (Unless of course in this case you are a stringent believer). Hitchens' writing and speaking style did not for one minute grate on my ears and I was spellbound throughout.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's Hitchens' honest and matter of fact way of addressing the issues of religion that I find so appealing. I am an agnostic/atheist myself and I don't feel too comfortable with unnecessarily barraging those with religious beliefs with insults or down-the-nose glances just because their beliefs don't fit with mine. But Hitchens puts forward some very important points about how religion can cause awful strife for some, and no matter how "good" some of its other merits can be, it certainly cannot be argued that religion is nothing but good.


    Any additional comments?

    It hasn't changed any of my religious views, as everything I read on the subject I take with a pinch of salt. But it has affirmed my feeling that fundamentalists of all religions are far more of a problem for the human race than any militant atheist.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Adrian Clophill, United Kingdom 18/06/2013
    Adrian Clophill, United Kingdom 18/06/2013 Member Since 2011

    Classic detectives and history are mostly my thing along with a dash of science fact and fiction.

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    "A Great Man"
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    A truly great thinker, this is Christopher Hitchens great polemical, which in my opinion, should be enough to make anti-theists of everyone. I love Hitchens fast delivery and no nonsense style. It is a truly well argued book which points out what all beliefs have in common. I have admitted elsewhere that I am a "skeptic" so in a sense this is preaching to the converted, I am also a Hitch fan. Will certainly listen again.

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  • Mark
    Holon, Israel
    26/07/11
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    "God is not great is great"

    Hitchens bites at times but his argumentation is precise to the point of cruelty. He is accurate as much as irritating and, unlike other atheist writers, prefers not put the emphasis on the philosophical issues which are, once you run through them once, tedious and boring. Hitches rather puts the emphasis on social, cultural and historical problems which are derived from belief in God and he is devastating in their enumeration and application.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Russell
    UNSW SYDNEY, Australia
    19/05/11
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    "Compelling listening"

    This is informative and entertaining. Christopher is not difficult to listen to as others have suggested, you just need to listen to him in 30 min blocks. He covers the major religions as well as topics such as evolution with ample quotes and examples throughout. Well worth a purchase.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Brendan
    Palmyra, Australia
    13/01/11
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    "This book is not great"

    Two stars might be a bit harsh but i found this book keeps circling back on its self with no real direction, the only redeeming quality is its witty observations and factual analysis of the subject. Overall i felt that it sapped the interest out of me and made the book more of a chore to finish

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Carlos
    Toluca, Mexico
    13/02/12
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    "Great to find these ideas"
    Where does God Is Not Great rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    These ideas have been loose in many essays I have read, is always very good to see them in one context. The information display is complete and great. I will rank this book at number 6 in my list


    What other book might you compare God Is Not Great to and why?

    The God Delusion of Dawkins, a better book in my opinion, but this one has information that in the other one is lacking and is written by a great Journalist.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The voice slurs for my listening coomprehension and makes it difficult at times, but is a chalange to listen diferent accents all toghether is very good.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes all the information about the Islam and the bad propaganda we get from the media. We all should give us a chance to be well inform and have a better understanding of the problem.


    Any additional comments?

    I have just recently discover Mr. Hitchens and fell very sorry for his death, I'll tray to read everything possible of his books he is one of the most intelligent human beings I have known in my life,

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Baruch
    London, United Kingdom
    23/01/12
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    "Mind changer, it will rock your world !"
    What made the experience of listening to God Is Not Great the most enjoyable?

    The sarcasm, The fact that you will think about this book for days !


    Have you listened to any of Christopher Hitchens’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He is always fascinating to listen to,.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • John
    Punta Arenas, Chile
    16/01/12
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    "A brilliant effort on a very difficult subject"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Time very well spent, but Mr. Hitchens had to fall back on old strategies which are not very sound, like attacking people who have been fundamental in the life of the faith with weak arguments and repetitions many time told. He was a sincere, authentic man, who expressed his opinons with bravery and conviction - something to be respected,always. I do hope he has now seen the light he had so many doubts about.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Christopher Hitchens again?

    Yes,absolutely!


    What does Christopher Hitchens bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    HIs voice, his humour and great style


    Was God Is Not Great worth the listening time?

    Indeed it was.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep up your great work towards better universal culture!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    15/05/10
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    "While god isn't great, Hitchens certainly is"

    I loved this book! How can I explain whats so great about it? Well first off, Hitchens himself reads it. And he has a superb reading voice. He sometimes mumbles a little, but it doesn't put me off in the slightest.
    I guess what I like so much about the book itself is how Hitchens seem to have all the facts in place. And not only the obvious facts, but the facts behind the headlines. So many things I didn't know about political this or that. For example, I had no idea how the masacre in Rowanda got started. Lots and lots of brilliant insights and facts to learn here. Coupled with the fact that Hitchens himself has seen plenty of action. He has traveled extensively and met with lots of interesting people on both sides of the argument. And he really, REALLY, demolishes any argument you could ever erect in the name of a god.. any god! If you could memorize half of whats in this book, you'd win any argument on the subject of religion (at least in matters of whether there is a god or not) And the language is really nice as well. All in all I recommend everyone to read this book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    Eugene, OR, United States
    12/03/09
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    "So good it's almost poetic"

    I've read a lot of books on religion (including the excellent God Delusion), but I think this one was the best.

    Unfortunately, Hitchins reading sounds bored and comes off arrogant (which I guess he is) but in spite of this the book is completely amazing! He has had so many experiences and been all around the world.

    I want to buy this for my religious sister who loves good prose and intelligent debate. Hitchins excels in both so she may be persuaded by his arguments against religion. We'll see.

    Highly recommended if you really want to know why "religion poisons everything" and why there almost certainly is no god.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Sascha
    BaselSwitzerland
    07/10/08
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    "Just great"

    There's not much to be said, it's educational, entertaining and just spot on.
    If you just feel even a little doubt about religion, then this audiobook is for you.
    Plus I really like the way he reads.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas
    Tangstedt, Germany
    19/06/13
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    "If only he didn't read it himself"
    Would you try another book from Christopher Hitchens and/or Christopher Hitchens?

    Yes, but only if the author doesn't read it.The book is good, the arguments, while not new, well founded in quotations and facts. Interesting and sometimes new (to me) details.


    What didn’t you like about Christopher Hitchens’s performance?

    Sorry, but the man can't read. Slurry, hard to understand, monotone that makes you sleepy.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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