Words of Christopher Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens states in God is not Great, “One must state it plainly. Religion comes from the period of human prehistory where nobody—not even the mighty Democritus who concluded that all matter was made from atoms—had the smallest idea what was going on. It comes from the bawling and fearful infancy of our species, and is a babyish attempt to meet our inescapable demand for knowledge (as well as for comfort, reassurance, and other infantile needs). Today the least educated of my children knows much more about the natural order than any of the founders of religion, and one would like to think—though the connection is not a fully demonstrable one—that this is why they seem so uninterested in sending fellow humans to hell.”

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2 Responses to “Words of Christopher Hitchens”

  1. postthought Says:

    The cruel reality of it all is that as this species got smarter so did the religion pushers. Unfortunately our present state was almost unescapable. We make big weapons but somewhere in the world there will always be someone making bigger ones.

  2. doubtingthomas426 Says:

    [[[as this species got smarter, so did the religion pushers]]]

    So true, postthought, but I have to believe that, as we continue to expand our knowledge of the world and the universe, truth, reality and reason will prevail over myth, superstition and religion. At least I hope it will. Otherwise, we’re pretty much doomed. Odd, or I should say frightening, how many religions seem to think the obliteration of our species would be a good thing and appear to be actively pursuing just such an end.

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