Whether you're a lifelong believer, a devout atheist, or someone who remains uncertain about the role of religion in our lives, this insightful manifesto will engage you with its provocative ideas.
With a close and studied reading of the major religious texts, Christopher Hitchens documents the ways in which religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos. With eloquent 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.
In the tradition of Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris's The End of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion.
An articulate and intelligent critique of religion
This is one audiobook I would recommend over the print version. Listening to Christopher Hitchens narrate his own work adds a great level of enjoyment to an already well written book. Unfortunately we’ll never get any more beautiful narrations like this from Hitchens, which makes this one feel all the more special.
As far as the content goes, Hitchens provides a thoughtful explanation of the damage religions do to modern society, much of which comes from his firsthand experience as a foreign correspondent. It very clearly shows what it sets out to show: how religion poisons everything.
Informative but dry
This is a very interesting book. As a person of faith, I found it rather informative.
My lower review is not really about the perspective of the book but rather the format of the contents.
Hitchens used many examples and stories of different situations to support his main points and assertions. Nothing wrong with this, might have even made it more reliable. The only issue I had is that I found the book dry and hard to follow. I often got lost in the chapters, but I appreciated seeing things from this perspective nonetheless.