God is Great

I have been reading a new book.  In fact if you are going to read only one book on atheism this year I would recommend Christopher Hitchens’ God is Not Great.  I believe it is a ground breaking work that will have a great effect upon the world and move legions of people to an atheist point of view.  I first heard Hitchens on NPR in a conversation with the President of the SBC.  Hitchens has written many books on literature.  He refers to his father’s Calvinist/Baptist background in one of the early chapters of the book.  He was asked by Dennis Prager on a talk show once if he was walking down the street on a dark night if he would feel comforted or safer knowing that the group of men walking toward him had just come from prayer meeting.  It has been his experience that men who pray are fanatics who would do anything necessary to convert others to their worldview.  He gives some very vivid first hand experiences of men of prayer in this chapter.  His book takes a shot at Muslims, Jews, and Christians alike.  The premise that runs through the book is that religion poisons everything.  The danger that seems most evident to me in reading this book is that there is a form of atheism that may care less about evolutionary thought, even though Hitchens devotes a chapter to this in the book.  I believe that these atheist will try to avoid all such evolutionary conversation on the grounds that creation science and evolutionary science is far from perfect.  This group believes that morality and a fulfilling life can be found outside of religion or belief in any other power.  Though a disagree with Hitchens on many points he does provide many compelling stories of how he has been lead to his’ point of view.  I have enjoyed reading this book and hope that some of you will also read it so that we can begin a dialogue about Hitchens and those who I believe will begin ascribing to his’ point of view.

Jeremy Davidson
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