Christopher Hitchens speaks about his new book God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything.
Hitchens, an always colorful and sometimes outrageous commentator, now takes aim at God. Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins have tried, but that hard-to-hit Fellow keeps popping back up. Worse still are the violent ways of his flock: waging religious warfare, keeping women enslaved, fomenting universal hatreds. Hitchens makes a powerful case for atheism- Politics and Prose
Christopher Hitchens is an author and journalist whose books, essays, and journalistic career span more than four decades. He has been a columnist and literary critic at The Atlantic, Vanity Fair, Slate, World Affairs, The Nation, Free Inquiry, and became a media fellow at the Hoover Institution in 2008.
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Noted atheist Christopher Hitchens compares monotheistic belief to living under a despotic dictatorship similar to what he reported on in North Korea. The one difference, he notes, "You can get out of North Korea -- you can die, and it's over. You can't do that with monotheism."
Author and atheist Christopher Hitchens notes an increasing audience for "resistance to clerical bullying." He cites examples of society's widespread frustration with outdated religious traditions and champions the perseverance of scientific thought.
Critique and denial of metaphysical beliefs in God or divine beings. Unlike agnosticism, which leaves open the question of whether there is a God, atheism is a positive denial. It is rooted in an array of philosophical systems. Ancient Greek philosophers such as Democritus and Epicurus argued for it in the context of materialism. In the 18th century David Hume and Immanuel Kant, though not atheists, argued against traditional proofs for God's existence, making belief a matter of faith alone. Atheists such as Ludwig Feuerbach held that God was a projection of human ideals and that recognizing this fiction made self-realization possible. Marxism exemplified modern materialism. Beginning with Friedrich Nietzsche, existentialist atheism proclaimed the death of God and the human freedom to determine value and meaning. Logical positivism holds that propositions concerning the existence or nonexistence of God are nonsensical or meaningless.
Today we praise Athenian democracy and philosophy but tend not to mention Athenian pederasty and slavery. Mr. Hitchens denies the right of modern christians to overlook the unpleasant passages about genocide, slavery etc. catching them at the statement that the bible is a exact word of God and must be followed literally.
God is Not Great.
God is not Omnipotent.
Because if God exists, HE / SHE/ IT must have
a set of Physical/ Mathematical laws to create everything
So, the God is limited by Physical/ Mathematical laws.
And if I were God I would give chance to Human
to understand who I am by analyzing the physical
formulas, equations and laws
So, logically, catching the thread of the physics Human
can understand Me and My Work
God and the Genesis 0f Universe.
Fundamental Theory 0f Existence
1. The infinite vacuum: T=0K,
2. The particle: C/D = pi, R/N= k , E = Mc^2 = kc^2 , h = 0 , i^2= -1
3. The spins: h =E/t , h =kb, h* = h/2pi ,
4. The photon, the inertia,
5. The electron: e^2 = h*ca, E = h*f , electromagnetic field
6. The gravitation, the star/ planet, the time,
7. The proton,
8. The atom(s),
9. The cell(s),
10. The Laws:
a) The Law of conservation and transformation energy/mass
b) The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle / Law
c) The Pauli Exclusion Principle/ Law
11. The test.
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Originally Posted by jdshelby
Hitchens' knowledge of Christianity, of which he is oh-so-critical is almost laughably deficient. As if he could characterize all Christianity on the basis of a statement made by the Archbishop of Canterbury. Shameful.
You conveniently forgot the references he made to the bible - are they also 'laughably deficient'?
If there's anything that's laughable, it's religion. All of them.
The crowd was hard to watch. Not many intelligent questions out of them. But I'm liking Hitchens more and more each time I hear him speak. I didn't know who he was until Fora.tv came along, being a recovering baptist.
Not sure what you're on about? Like many of the posters on Fora threads, you don't seem to have a clue either. You're in over your head. The fact that humour is next to godly & that irony is a thinking man's best friend are not even within your purview. Your stupid, pointless, and, dare I say, illiterate remarks only show how ill-equipped so many are to grapple with their shallow lives & rise above them. Laughter & crying are interchangeable & indistinguishable, but subtlety isn't your strong suit, is it?
Part of the audience is appalling, and I don't mean the Q&A session, thant one too. No, I mean the part when Hitch talks about the terrors of North Corea and those estupidos just keep laughing, even after he says "You laugh, and I try to make you cry". It must have been hard for a man like him to endure such stupidity. I know this type of audiences from stand-up comedians' programs, when they stop being funny for a moment wishing to shake the dumbos and they just can't stop laughing and laughing. Well, thats what they paid for, so that's what they do. They laugh. Same here with Hitch.
Jefferson and other signatories understood the value of religion, not by its truth but by its usefulness. His private writings reveal his lack of belief. Niether does Hitchens claim secularists are immune to violence and sin, but a quick browse thru the bible is enough to know we haven't reached the heinous level of its monstrous author. Thankfully, like Goldielocks and the Three Bears its a fairytale.