Critical Book Review

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Christopher Hitchens the author of God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything uses his own personal experiences with religions and gives us an insight as to why he feels that religion is flawed. Throughout his book he uses arguments that is justified by modern science and social issues that uses religion as an excuse to execute unreasonable actions. His arguments are from the consumption of certain meats to the war against nations just for defending the righteousness of each religion. Hitchens thoughts of human religion is back up by evidence collected by modern science and studies that religion is arbitrary in their beliefs and it teaches people to be self centered and conceited. ...view middle of the document...

Hitchens then goes into further details to explain religion’s flaw in explaining the existence of the modern human. He explains how evolution is a major part of the human existence, using the example of the human eye and its development over the centuries from a “sightless bacteria”.
Further on in his book he starts to talk more in depth with religion starting with the old and New Testament. First using the Old Testament, Hitchens explains that the Old Testament alone is enough evidence to prove that religion is man made using property, animal, human and materials in the Old Testament to set rules for the people to live by. When talking about the New Testament he points out the flaws of Luke and how when writing the bible he failed to connect three world events to the time when Jesus was born. When talking about the Koran he explains how the creations of the Koran was not of a miracle but rather written by either Muhammad himself or by his followers. He then explains how the Koran was taken from other religious text and put together and not from the supernatural origin that the religion believes.
Hitchens goes on and explains how the foundations of many religions have started from corrupted beginnings and individuals whose intention can be seen as immoral. One example that Hitchens attack during his argument is the religion of Mormonism who was founded by Joseph Smith, who was arrested and convicted of “disorderly person and an imposter”. Hitchens then continues to pick at religion using claims such as the ending of many civilization and their religious beliefs. He then continues to talk about the eastern religion, mainly Hinduism and Buddhism claiming that the eastern religion has been corrupt by western civilization. Continuing his arguments Hitchens talks about how religion and its abusive nature towards young children and uses examples such as frightening young children with details of hell, “curse” of menstruation, genital mutilation, and circumcision. Hitchens then brings up the human history and how the worst events in the world were lead by atheist such as Adolf Hitler. Defending the argument by stating that all these events occurred because of the presence of religion, examples as the First World War where the countries fought to protect their traditional values, which were upheld by the Catholic Church. Using the argument of atheist and their involvement in world problems, he dedicates a chapter to acknowledge other atheists who are world renown for their intellectual ideas. Atheist such as Socrates, Galileo, Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, and Edward Gibbon were all atheists and some fought against the negative influences taught in societies religion. Hitchens concludes his book by stating that modern day people do not need religion as they did the past, with technological advances on the rise people can turn to science and reason to answer their questions. By living life without the major influences of religion the quality of...

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