I dont *get* Christopher Hitchens.
I dont know whether I like him or not.
Maybe its because I dont trust him not to say stupid things. I mean, Dawkins can go on '700 Club' if he gets invited-- I know hes not going to say anything that will make me wince. But Hitchens... eeeeh?
But I think I might have to get his book, God is Not Great, if only as a kudos for this:
And then I did a quick Google to see some of the Churchies reviews of his book, and theyre even dumber than the 'reviews' Dawkins got! Here are a couple off the top:
Leora Tanenbaum - Huffington Posthehehe! Zombie Hitler? Zombie Hitler?? I HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK!
If I were sitting in the pews listening to Christopher Hitchens delivering a sermon on his new book, a denunciation of religion, I would roll my eyes, perhaps doze off, maybe even walk out. This is what believers in houses of worship do when confronted with overblown, out-of-touch, and insulting words from the pulpit.
Father Raymond J. De Souza - National Post
At a certain point in reading God is not Great, Christopher Hitchens' broadside against religion as a false, immoral, man-made construction, I half-expected Hitchens to write that if God were real and omnipotent, and consequently Hitchens so wrong, then God should have arranged things so as to prevent him from writing his book. But the book exists! So God couldn't stop it. And why couldn't he stop it? The simplest answer is that he does not exist!
Dennis Covington - Paste
But as learned and well-researched as it is, God is Not Great merely offers a fleeting critique of what we think of as organized religion. At its center lies a broader attack against those who, religious or not, believe in the life of the spirit as well as the life of the flesh. In short, Hitchens has written a hymn of praise to scientific materialism and, sad to note, a clumsy apology for its own many crimes.
What then of the National Socialist scientists who conducted experiments on Jewish children in Hitler’s death camps? Clearly psychopaths and brutes, they did not claim “a heavenly warrant” for the cruelty they inflicted. Should they, too, have been “understood” since they were not committing their crimes in the name of God, but in the name of science?