God Is Not Great


A Case Against Religion


Christopher Hitchens

Pg 200


One – Putting It Mildly 03
Two – Religion Kills 07
Three – A Short Digression on the Pig; or, Why Heaven Hates Ham 15
Four – A Note on Health, to Which Religion Can Be Hazardous 17
Five – The Metaphysical Claims of Religion Are False 24
Six – Arguments from Design 27
Seven – Revelation: The Nightmare of the “Old” Testament 35
Eight – The “New” Testament Exceeds the Evil of the “Old” One 39
Nine – The Koran Is Borrowed from Both Jewish and Christian Myths 44
Ten – The Tawdriness of the Miraculous and the Decline of Hell 49
Eleven – “The Lowly Stamp of Their Origin”: Religion’s Corrupt Beginnings 54
Twelve – A Coda: How Religions End 58
Thirteen – Does Religion Make People Behave Better? 60
Fourteen – There Is No “Eastern” Solution 67
Fifteen – Religion as an Original Sin 71
Sixteen – Is Religion Child Abuse? 75
Seventeen – An Objection Anticipated: The Last-Ditch “Case” Against Secularism 79
Eighteen – A Finer Tradition: The Resistance of the Rational 87
Nineteen – In Conclusion: The Need for a New Enlightenment 95
Acknowledgments 98
References 99

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