Thursday, April 3, 2008

Belief in Belief by Christopher Hitchens

A question that interests me very much (and always has) is this: I know that I do not believe in either any god or any religion, and I can give my reasons in a manner that the other side can at least understand, but can the same be said for those who claim that they do believe? A shorter way of putting this is to ask whether our antagonists in this ancient argument truly mean what they appear to say.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Well, like A. Cockburn said, the starving beggar on the streets of Calcutta is much more likely to get a bowl of soup from Mother Theresa than from C. Hitchens. No doubt somewhere Hitchens has explained that all religious charity down to the last bean in the bowl, is phony, poison even, but from the beggar's point of view the bad Mother has the better of their disagreement.
HItchens has softened a bit toward the Old Girl on learning that she was troubled by her beliefs. Obviously, it's not the kind of sympathy that arises from having a similar experience. Have you ever heard this vile cheerleader for the destruction of Iraq and its people say he was wrong or has any regrets about anything? Hate your enemy, kill him if you can, says Hitchens. Kindness, like quiche, is for sissies.