Anyone read Christopher Hitchens' new book?

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Anyone read Christopher Hitchens' new book?

Postby Dust » Sat Jun 02, 2007 5:53 am

God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

That is the title. I am probably going to pick it up this weekend. Has anyone else read it? What did you think?
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Postby jhawksgirl » Sat Jun 02, 2007 10:17 pm

I just finished it. Quite frankly, I got a bit bored midway through it. I'm not sure what sank it for me...because, the topic matter was great. And, I agreed with him on about 70-80% of his points. I just don't enjoy reading him as much as I do Dawkins. It's probably nothing more than a personal preference.

Dawkins writes like a professor. A kindly, British professor.
Harris writes like an impassioned American.
Dennett is like novacaine (in my opinion)...you just kind of drift off in fluidity.
Hitchens is like a New York City cab driver. He'll take you for a ride and you'll enjoy the ride, but you leave the cab and wonder if he's saying "have a nice fuckin' day."

I would love to see Hitchens go up against Kirk Cameron and Ray Comfort, soley because of this book. :) LOL
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Postby Some Dude » Sat Jun 02, 2007 11:05 pm

Or Hitchens and Phelps.
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Postby jhawksgirl » Sun Jun 03, 2007 1:16 am

Some Dude wrote:Or Hitchens and Phelps.


Interesting... is there enough Kevlar in the world?
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Postby Carneades » Sun Jun 03, 2007 9:25 am

This book is very different than The God Delusion. Dawkins was primarily interested in the truth or falsity of religious claims, while Hitchens focuses on the consequences of religious belief. This is perhaps more similar to The End of Faith in terms of its arguments, but Hitchens' writing style is very different from Sam Harris' calm tone. I would recommend saving God Is Not Great for one of those days when religious idiocy is just bugging the crap out of you. It is a great rant, and can be pretty cathartic.
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Postby dromedaryhump1 » Sun Jun 03, 2007 7:46 pm

Hitchens is like a New York City cab driver. He'll take you for a ride and you'll enjoy the ride, but you leave the cab and wonder if he's saying "have a nice fuckin' day."


Sounds like my kinda guy! I bought it on amazon, its next on my reading list .

Here's a 6 minute You Tube interview with Bill Maher and Hitchens.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqNKD_nmXqM
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Postby spblat » Mon Jun 04, 2007 6:51 am

Preachin' to the choir for me at this point, after Dawkins, Sagan and Harris. Now I need an answer to the "now what?" question.
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Postby Stephen » Sat Jun 09, 2007 12:28 am

I read a couple pages at Borders, but I'll probably wait 'til the library gets it. Hardcovers are too damned expensive.
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Postby dromedaryhump1 » Sat Jun 09, 2007 2:16 am

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Postby DallasHeathen » Sat Jun 09, 2007 2:27 am

dromedaryhump1, meet tinyurl.com.
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Postby Some Dude » Sat Jun 09, 2007 2:46 am

Or you can use the board url command.

Code: Select all
[url=http://www.somewite.com]Somesite[/url]

will produduce the equivilant of Amazon.
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Postby dromedaryhump1 » Sat Jun 09, 2007 3:48 am

sorry, guys. I don't know what youre talking about.
I am something less than fully computer literate.
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Postby Some Dude » Sat Jun 09, 2007 4:31 am

dromedaryhump1 wrote:sorry, guys. I don't know what youre talking about.
I am something less than fully computer literate.


No problem :)

Very wide links can cause problems for people viewing because it causes the pages the be very very wide. Makes it annoying to read. You can solve that problem by providing the link embedded in your message and represented with one word.

When you write a message, you can use some codes to achieve the embedded link. An example is in the message above. For example:

Code: Select all
You can go to [url=http://www.amazon.com]Amazon[/url] to buy books online.


will look like:

You can go to Amazon to buy books online.

An Alternative is tinyurl. It's a free service which allows you to register a link and it will provide you with a very short link which you can paste into your message.

Hope this helps, and if you have any other questions, feel free to ask :)

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Postby dromedaryhump1 » Sat Jun 09, 2007 5:12 pm

Darren,
uh-huh.
thanks, I appreciate the attempt.
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Postby Stephen » Sat Jun 09, 2007 5:38 pm

dromedaryhump1 wrote:$14.99 on amazon.com.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw/00 ... x=7&Go.y=8

That's pretty good. It was close to $30 at the store I went to.
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