God is not and never was great
"god is not great" is a wonderful ride. its author, christopher hitchens, takes no prisoners. not for him the mealy mouthed, half baked and timid criticism of the devout. instead, he always attacks with all guns blazing. if religion really does poison everything, then there's no point beating around the bush. religion is an ideology that is bad, not good. publish and be damned. at the outset, let me say that i am in complete agreement with hitchens. religion of all forms has a vile history. it has protected ignorance, killed millions and led countless people to be misled down blind alleys. in particular, i loved hitchens description of monotheistic religion as "a plagiarism of a plagiarism of a hearsay of a hearsay, of an illusion of an illusion, extending all the way back to a fabrication of a few nonevents." wow! cop that you holier than thou types! yet, let it not be said that hitchens is simply some sort of rabble rouser. rather, he is an educated and well informed man who has gone to great lengths to present a coherent argument that religion truly does poison everything. we are given a tour through the banalities of the bible, the horror of islam and the naivety of eastern religions. all are equally dissected and damned. of course, hitches has raised the ire of the devout. but, so what? why should the devout never be challenged. while we should respect their right to an opinion, this does not mean that we should respect their opinions. their views are based on ignorance, darkness and the denial of the search for truth. to them, truth is eternal. what arrant nonsense. perhaps we should leave the last word on god to epicurus who is quoted by hitchens: "is he willing to prevent evil but not able? then he is impotent. is he able but not willing? then he is malevolent. is he both able and unwilling? whence then is evil?"