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Tuesday 12 August 2014

Christopher Hitchens. 'God is not Great'.

I have just finished reading Christopher Hitchens' work, 'GOD IS NOT GREAT'. This is after the January 2014 publication of my own work, 'SPIRITUAL MAN: AN INTRODUCTION TO NEGATIVE DIMENSIONS'. I mention this so as not to be accused of plagiarism although I see that we quote from much the same body of  past opinion. It would be strange if this wasn't the case. We also approach the God question from different angles; whereas I take a new mathematical concept to arrive at an uncreated, dualistic universe, Hitchens examines the arguments from both sides of the philosophical debate. Hitchens' arguments are compelling and ought to sink the heavily listing ship of faith out of sight but the fact that they are still warring, all over the world, in the name of God is testament to the arrogance and stupidity of the religious leadership. Can you see the Archbishop of Canterbury and the His Holiness the Pope saying well of course you'r right; we have been perpetuating a fraud for nigh on two millenia but listen; the people want and need us?

It is a pity that I never met Hitchens but I sense that we would have had a great deal in common, reaching our conclusions via different mechanisms although I suspect that with his acute perception he might have been sceptical about some of my reasoning. All the more reason why we should have exchanged views although his first hand experiences, use of data and polemical skills are vastly superior to mine. Nevertheless, it would be interesting to hear what someone who read both books side-by-side would have to say. I would hope that they might venture that they complemented one another, but perhaps I delude myself that any work of mine could share the same bookshelf! Time will tell.

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