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June 15, 2007

Hitchens' "God Is Not Great"

joe fiorino on August 29, 2007 04:48 PM EST writes:
Odonnell's review of Hitchens

Odonnell's review of Hitchens is a jumble of overstatement, non-sequitors,illogic, but mostly inability to make a distinction when it's there. Just concentrate on one illogical point: nonbelievers have been wrong on issues and have made serious mistakes. Which one said that their god (not dictator, not party chief, not Mao etc.) told them it was so and that if you don't do what god CLEARY has said to do here in this BOOK you will surely be punished forever? Nonbelieving members of the communist party said to do this because if not we'll kill you. Nazis and facists, almost to a member, came out of believing catholic and luteran traditions, especially Hitler. Hitler and especially the Nazi propaganda directors constantly appealed to god and belief to put forth their most evil dictates.
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martin roebuck on June 19, 2007 08:37 PM EST writes:
Castrato

The castration of promising young male voices was the work of the Italian Catholic Church to stock their choirs with voices without having to resort to hiring women. The Vatican Choir was the biggest "consumer" of such young men. Some of these "castratos" later went on to make their living singing in Opera, since it was a highly paid career for such men. The "castrato phase" lasted about 50 years in total (in the 18th Century. The Church did it for about 250 years altogether - stopping in mid-nineteenth century.
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Bill on June 19, 2007 10:55 AM EST writes:
A brief against religious reason needn't require an apology for all forms of non-religious reason. This book is about tearing down more than it is about replacing. If human beings have discovered diverse ways of behaving badly, it's still no harm to single out one of the more prominent (and insidious) ways, especially when the rationales afforded by religion seem permanently renewable - so long as certain outdated and revered texts say what they say.
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RT on June 18, 2007 04:18 PM EST writes:
This is a very thoughtful review; it's points are well taken. It is hard to make a case that reason can solve our problems, and maybe that is why Hitchens doesn't attempt to offer one.

At the same time, Hitchens is right. Religion really has had a way of mucking things up, so it's just as hard to argue that religion can save us. Religion's brightest lights were extroadinary people who were the exceptions, not the rule, among the faithful. Religion is like political ideology that way. It almost doesn't matter what you believe or profess. It's your actions that count, and at the end of the day most people act out of pettiness, meanness, selfishness. And religion, like politcs, is often distorted to serve those ends.

The question then really isn't a matter of religion. It's about us as humans. Whether we, as believers or no-believers, can save ourselves?
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