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An atheist's views on religion and the supernatural

god is not Great: (not) A Book Review


Regular readers may remember me expressing an intention to write a review of god is not Great by Christopher Hitchens. With my apologies, I must now tell you that I have decided not to write that review for two distinct, but connected, reasons.

Firstly, I have allowed too much time to pass since finishing the book, to the point where scanning it would be insufficient to refresh my memory – I would need to reread it.

Secondly, the reason I have put it off for this long is that I don’t think I actually have anything particularly clever or significant to say about it. I would prefer not to write it at all than force the issue and do a poor job of it.

Please don’t misunderstand me; my sentiments are entirely positive. I am happy to say that it is an excellent read, and that I highly recommend it. After the works of scientists like Dawkins and Harris, and philosophers like Dennett and Onfray, it is very interesting to read a journalist’s take on religion in the modern world. And no ordinary journalist, mind you – Hitchens’ intellect is staggering.

god is not Great has been reviewed many times both within and beyond the atheosphere, by many bloggers whom, I’m quite sure, will have done a far better job than I would have done. There are only a quick Google search away. Better still, if you’re interested, I recommend reading it for one’s self.

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4 Responses to “god is not Great: (not) A Book Review”

  1. Your honesty refreshes. I may even admit to why I have not followed up on my promise and interview the next “new atheist” on my list – rather than just continually avoiding it with other projects.

  2. Hitchens is a pompus alcoholic that needs to surrender to God in AA.

  3. We’re reading and discussing “God is Not Great” on booktalk.org so if you find the time I’d love for you to join the discussion and post this review on our forums. And you’re welcome to link back to your site.

    If possible we’ll host a live chat with Christopher Hitchens. Past guests have included Richard Dawkins, Steven Pinker and Michael Shermer. Thanks.

    Chris O’Connor


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