Pg 10—“The believers still claim to know! Not just to know, but to know everything.” This is a straw-man argument if I have ever seen it. I don’t know about the rest of y'all but I never claimed to know everything.
Pg 11—“The person who is certain, and who claims divine warrant for his certainty, belongs now to the infancy of our species.” Essentially he puts us at the bottom of the food chain, that is, we are the underdeveloped species of the evolutionary model. What I love, though, is that atheists always seems to fall in their own holes. For later down on page 11 he says, “I now know enough bout all religions to know that I would always be an infidel at all times and in all places…” He sure does seem….how do I say this?….Certain. Um, but wait a minute!! Didn’t he just say if you are certain is an infant of our species? Well pass the bottle to Mr. Hitchens and welcome him to the club
Pg 13—He ends this chapter with one of his most famous quotes, “Religion poisons everything.” I wonder which part he is referring to? Maybe loving our neighbor is like venom to society. Or could it be the one about being at peace with all men that really destroys a culture. Wait, I got it, it surely must be that whole taking care of the poor and sick that poisons the most wholesome programs. Mr. Hitchens has it all wrong, religion doesn’t poison everything, I would contend that Everything poisons religion. It is not the doctrines which hurt this world, it is the men who can’t adhere to them which poison this world. Essentially this is what his whole book is about anyways. He isn’t attacking doctrines of the Bible, rather he is attacking what Christians have done throughout the ages. Let us just clear this right now. Yes, Christians have done some terrible things but isn’t that exactly what the Bible tells us is going to happen (2nd Thess 2:3ff, 2nd Tim 2:18, 2nd Tim 4:4, Tit 1:14, 3rd Jn 12)? But I am just an infant so what do I know?
Should we judge a religion based on what its followers do?