Download e-book for iPad: God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything by Christopher Hitchens

By Christopher Hitchens

ISBN-10: 0446697966

ISBN-13: 9780446697965

Within the culture of Bertrand Russell's Why i'm really not a Christian and Sam Harris's fresh bestseller, the top of religion, Christopher Hitchens makes the final word case
against faith. With a detailed and erudite interpreting of the most important non secular texts, he records the ways that faith is an artificial want, a explanation for risky sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins within the cosmos. With eloquent readability, Hitchens frames the argument for a extra secular lifestyles in line with technological know-how and cause, during which hell is changed through the Hubble Telescope's striking view of the universe, and Moses and the burning bush collapse to the wonder and symmetry
of the double helix.

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Honor thy father and thy mother" (this not for its own sake but in order "that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee"). Only then come the four famous "shalt nots," which flatly prohibit killing, adultery, theft, and false witness. Finally, there is a ban on covetousness, forbidding the desire for "thy neighbor's" house, manservant, maidservant, ox, ass, wife, and other chattel. It would be harder to find an easier proof that religion is manmade. There is, first, the monarchical growling about respect and fear, accompanied by a stern reminder of omnipotence and limitless revenge, of the sort with which a Babylonian or Assyrian emperor might have ordered the scribes to begin a proclamation.

Most attention has been concentrated on chapter 20 itself, where the actual commandments are given. It should not perhaps be necessary to summarize and expose these, but the effort is actually worthwhile. In the first place (I am using the King James or "Authorized" Version: one among many rival texts laboriously translated by mortals either from Hebrew or Greek or Latin), the so-called commandments do not appear as a neat list of ten orders and prohibitions. The first three are all variations of the same one, in which god insists on his own primacy and exclusivity, forbids the making of graven images, and prohibits the taking of his own name in vain.

A middlebrow audience is thus given a vicarious glimpse of a subtracted himself from their company. If the numberless version of Heisenberg's principle of uncertainty: any evolutions from the Cambrian period could be recorded attempt to measure something will have the effect of and "rewound," as it were, and the tape then played again, minutely altering that which is being measured. We have he established there was no certainty that it would come only recently established that a cow is closer in family to a out the same way.

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