An Athiest Manifesto?

I’ve never been a fan of Christopher Hitchens. He’s always seemed a little too old-fashioned and conservative to me. While his columns do include far more reflection and arguments I can try to understand than most conservative pieces, he still irks me in the end. I think, “Why, Christopher, do you make so many good points and apparently see the larger picture but still fall-back on old assumptions?”

But now, he might be my new hero? Slate has posted an exclusive except of his new book, God is Not Great.

Originally I was going to cite passages I agreed with, but in the end, I pretty much agree with the whole damn thing.

If, however, I had to pick one thing he says that highlights one of my largest problems with religion, it would be:

There is no need for us to gather every day, or every seven days, or on any high and auspicious day, to proclaim our rectitude or to grovel and wallow in our unworthiness.

(emphasis mine)

I really hate the fact that religion makes so many humans feel worthless and petty.

My favorite argument against religion was in one of the many Zizek books I’ve read. He suggests that if God exists, then he is impotent because he requires humans to exist/feel empowered. If God exists and is so great, then why does he need to be reminded by humans on this tiny planet so often. And if some of us humans don’t believe in him, does that really make him feel so bad that he needs to damn us to hell or suggest that his believes kill us? It’s just stupid.

So yeah, as much as it pains me, I think I am going to go ahead and order his book God is Not Great and see what else he says about religion.

2 thoughts on “An Athiest Manifesto?”

  1. Have you read “The God Delusion” by Richard Dawkins? I FINALLY got it from the library yesterday. I’ll let you know what I think when I’m a little further into it.

    As someone who was once in a fundamentalist “Christian” religion (i.e. being judgmental of others), I can see it from both sides. Once you are in a religion, it’s tough to see outside of it. So I can see why it’s tough to get people who are in it to STOP being judgmental of others or even to accept that their religion COULD be wrong.

    When I see documentaries like Jesus Camp and Jonestown, I feel sorry for the people who have been lured in. The kids crying during the services in Jesus Camp? That was me (minus the politics). I was lucky enough to get out.

    And I have to recommend Julia Sweeney’s play/book/audio/(soon to be) film: Letting Go of God. It’s a brilliant portrayal of discovering that god does not exist. I could really relate to her journey and found that there’s a lot of good talking points when discussing Christianity with “believers”.

  2. actually, in addition to the hitchens book, i also ordered the god delusion so i am excited to check that one out, as well.

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