Arrogant, yet enlightening — 4 years ago
If I overlook how abject Hitchens’ arrogance at times threatens to overlook the importance of this book, it is very valid in this time. This book delves into how religion, indeed, poisons everything it touches, and responds to ideas such as “faith brings happiness” and “what would the world be like without faith?”. It also displays how religions are man-made, anti-intellectual and basically corrupt. While it’s OK for christians to stone people who make fun of bald men, for muslims to pay the local imam cash to let it be known that he/she is in straight descendant from Mohammed and for followers of the Dalai Lama to think the Heavens appointed him (and for Steven Segal to be made “highly enlightened” for the right amount of cash) and for rabbis to bite the foreskins off young boys, reason doesn’t. The power of this book is in Hitchens’ ability to display how ludicrous it would be to have faith of the wrong kind.