In the tradition of Bertrand Russell’s Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris’s recent bestseller, The End of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion. With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts, he documents the ways in which religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos. With eloquent clarity, Hitchens frames the argument for a more secular life based on science and reason, in which the heavens are replaced by the Hubble Telescope’s awesome view of the universe, and Moses and the burning bush give way to the beauty and symmetry of the double helix.
Christopher Hitchens is the author of Letters to a Young Contrarian (Basic Books, 4/05), which sold over 40,000 copies, and the national bestseller No One Left to Lie To: The Values of the Worst Family (Verso, 7/00). A regular contributor to Vanity Fair, The Atlantic Monthly, and Slate, Hitchens also writes for The Weekly Standard, The National Review, and The Independent, and has appeared on The Daily Show, Charlie Rose, The Chris Matthews Show, Real Time with Bill Maher, and C-Span’s Washington Journal. He was named one of the world’s “Top 100 Public Intellectuals” by Foreign Policy and Britain’s Prospect.
Religious and anti-religious books are perennial strong-sellers, as seen by Sam Harris’ s The End of Faith (Norton, 8/04), which sold over 145,000 hardcover and paperback copies combined.
Recent media coverage of the Catholic Church, Bible-belt evangelicalism, and religious fanaticism make GOD IS NOT GREAT particularly pertinent.