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Aside: Review of Hitchens’ God Is Not Great

August 22, 2007

Whether you’re a staunch atheist, agnostic, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, Mormon, Roman Catholic, or Evangelical Christian, Eugene McCarraher’s review of Christopher Hitchens’ God Is Not Great is worth your time. The review was published in Commonweal.

Wow. I can’t decide whether I’m easily impressed by great prose, or that McCarraher simply demolishes both Hitchens’ book and – dare I say it – reputation as an intelligent cultural commentator. Heretofore I’ve been a mild fan of Hitchens’ writing, if not always his insights. – TL


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  1. Anonymous permalink

    Hitchens has gone far astray in recent years since falling under the spell of the neocons. But, McCarraher's effort is as shallow a diatribe as the work under review. In the end it is McCarraher who fails to persuade that the cause of the current catastrophe spreading from Iraq around the world is rational securlarism. If religious faith consoles McCarraher in the dark of night, great. Yet, it is religiosity and the absolutist myths it promotes that underlie our ills. We yearn for a new Enlightenment, but see little hope for one given the virulence of the monotheist “faiths.”


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