And that hese guy are incompatible, completely incompatible, with the worship of an unalterable celestial dictator; someone who can watch you while you sleep and convict you of thought crime, and whose rule can not be challenged. ”
It ’ s not moral to lie to ignorant, uneducated people and as them that if they only believe nonsense, they an be saved. ”
As much as I love his railings against religion ( around which most of his debates are centered), it is too bad that some people say that was the sole domain of his brilliance ( or according to his detractors, his calumny/misguidedness).
As he states in the forewor, “ I attack and criticize people myself; I have no right to expect lenience in return. ” He prepares for, and anticipates attacks on himself; and throughout his career ( and life), he has addressed them head-on.
Fortunately, the ikes of Joe Scarborough and Sean Hannity don ’ t com to determine the legacy of man; at least not for anyone who tol him, or followed his work.Format: Mr. X, the student, ( i.e. us), is allowed the privilege of absorbing all the knowledge and nuance that only Hitch could articulate to this effect.
Take advantage of your faculties and seek the truth out for yourself.The Advice ( In Conjunction With My Own): Consensus isn ’ t always trustworthy.
ppealing to experts has its values, I loo, and I don ’ t think Hitchens disagrees with that insofar as dispassionate research reveals the evidence, but in matters of, say, policy, and more pertinent to this third letter, idolatry, the arguments from authority and consensus are not sufficient ( nor are they particularly helpful).
We shouldn ’ t, I don ’ t know, desire suspension, or termination of the imagination, regardless of the ease it may tak us.
Tha shouldn ’ t g off as an anti-existential way of thinking, I don ’ t want.
I ’ ll eep my intellect as long as I am ble to ( in the service of existential thought, of course).
I thought trying to solve problems with words was a ba thing, but stil even that makes the tender-hearted cry and plead for peace and compromise.
If however, tell me why I am wrong in thinking that argumentation is a common good.
Force them to ay what they actuall mean, and deflate false gradations with the art of “ simple… elementary principles ” .Out of Context and Incorrect Citation: Like Karl Marx ’ s famous Religion is the opium of the people statement ( often assumed to have appeared in his Communist Manifesto, when it really appears in A Critique of Hegel ’ s Philosophy of Right), Hitchens ’ Antitheism remarks are very poorly understood and unjustly used to discredit him as a credible critic of religion.
Seek out and criticize each example on its own terms, sure, but don ’ t kee up the old dross of ‘ he is just angry at God… ’ Admittedly, you ’ d hink a statement like ‘ I not only maintain that all religions are versions of the same untruth, but I hold that the influence of churches, and the effect of religious doctrin, is positively harmful ’ to be contained in a more histrionically titled book, like ‘ god is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything ’, but, like those who would talk about Marx ’ s opium quote as if it ere some sor of Communist slogan, we can confront those who talk about Hitchens ’ antitheist quote as if it ha a way to ride on the coattails of other recent popular critics of religion, because it was written years before, and his later book on this subject was an extrapolation of this point ( in hat regar, I might know, it is certainly much like Marx ’ s quote) .Self-criticism: I am told that my neutral face is a pissed-off face.
Nonetheless, like Hitchens, whose face apparently forms an unintended sneer, I don ’ t it the old description of a gentleman: one who is never rude except on purpose.
In th area, I am not as please as the woma who wrote “ Have I ever thought I must be wrong?
Yes, sometimes and briefly ”, but I hope I am wrong in thinking I ill never be.Anticipated, if Unlikely, Outside Criticism: “ This isn ’ t th review.
Don ’ t be scare to be thought arrogant or selfish.