Wednesday, September 26, 2007

God is not Great -- Christopher Hitchens

Having watched, listened to and enjoyed numerous video clips of Christopher Hitchens on You Tube I decided to buy his book God is not Great (How Religion Poisons Everything) and now, being about a third of the way in, I can make some comparisons between it and the Richard Dawkins’ book The God Delusion. In essence the two writers have assaulted the same territory and the books are very similar, but they have approached it from different directions. Dawkins is a scientist used to conveying his ideas in an as clear and concise a manner as possible and, having donned some literary garb, is still doing the same thing but in a much more palatable way for the general reader. Hitchens has approached the whole territory from the literary side and is more focused on that angle than the sometimes quite arid and exact scientific viewpoint, which certainly comes out when you hear Dawkins speak. Certainly Hitchens is just as sincere and strong in his opinions as Dawkins, but he’s also more concerned with writerly flourishes and probably the opinion of the literary critics in his circle. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still enjoying his book’s pyrotechnics immensely, and recommend it, however, thus far I prefer The God Delusion.

5 comments:

Pete Hobson said...

Great, i hadnt heard of this guy before, but have been running through his youtube clips. Cerainly in these clips ( especially this, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doKkOSMaTk4 ) i find his delivery much more acceptable than Dawkins. He has an incredibly devastating approach to religion.

Neal Asher said...

Sam Harris is another good one to search out on You Tube. And another one is Jeremy Clarkson. I especially like Victoria Cross thing he did.

Pete Hobson said...

Yes, Sam Harris i've come across before, and he's a great speaker. Its very gratifying to see a coherent body of thought so vocaly and directly oppose the very idea of religion.

However, appreciation of Jeremy Clarkson, is the point our paths must regretfully diverge Sir.

:)

SC said...

Neal, I wonder what you (would) think of "Atheism: The Case Against God" by George Smith. It's almost 30 years old, and is still a strong work.

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