Saturday, April 28, 2007

Hitchens on Religion

I once heard somebody on, probably Mickey Kaus, attribute to Christopher Hitchens the following aphorism: "If you never go too far, you risk not going far enough."

Slate has posted three excerpts from Hitchens's new book, God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, and depending on your mindset and your religious beliefs, you might keep the aphorism in mind.

If you're less of an atheist/agnostic than I am, you'll probably find some or lots that makes you uncomfortable in Hitchens's words. So be it. I challenge you to read them anyway.

If you consider yourself a Christian, I suggest you read them in the reverse order listed below. I suspect it might be easier to start by analyzing Hitchens's take on particular religions that aren't yours, and maybe you'll be in a more receptive frame of mind for what is really the first excerpt.

3. Mormonism: A Racket Becomes a Religion

2. Was Muhammed Epileptic?

1. Religion Poisons Everything

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