By Christopher Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens, defined in theLondon Observer as "one of the main prolific, in addition to very good, newshounds of our time" takes on his greatest topic but the more and more risky position of faith on the planet. within the culture of Bertrand Russell's Why i'm really not a Christian and Sam Harris's fresh bestseller, the tip of religion, Christopher Hitchens makes the last word case opposed to faith. With an in depth and erudite examining of the key spiritual texts, he files the ways that faith is an artificial want, a explanation for harmful sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins within the cosmos. With eloquent readability, Hitchens frames the argument for a extra secular lifestyles according to technology and cause, within which hell is changed through the Hubble Telescope's impressive view of the universe, and Moses and the burning bush collapse to the wonder and symmetry of the double helix. From the Hardcover variation.

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16; and Michalski 1993: esp. 71. Landscapes, portraits and still lifes were to become the specialities of Dutch painters and engravers, be it as a direct result of Calvin’s preferences or not. 6 Also, in the sixteenth century, the process of revising and exchanging opinions on the issue of word, image and religion in the Low Countries was influenced by discussions carried out in literature. See for an analysis of the sixteenth-century situation, Crew 1978; Freedberg 1982: 133–153; Freedberg 1988: Chapter 3, and Adams 2007: 457–464.

12 This activity could persist for a long period of time, and typically involved more than one reader. 13 The practice of reading illustrated religious books alone was still relatively new to Catholics when it came to be disputed by Reformers, who seriously questioned the prominent role of human sight in devotional practices. 14 Traces of this line of reasoning are found in Willem Teellinck’s treatise Adam, based on sermons preached by this Dutch Reformed minister around 1620. 16 After the Fall, however, these bodily sensations 11 Miles 1983: 125–142, esp.

13 ‘Psychologically, silent reading emboldened the reader, because it placed the source of curiosity completely under personal control’. Saenger 1999: 120–148, esp. 137. 14 ‘. . according to Moses: Remember: “what Jehovah spoke to you in the Valley of Horeb” [Deut. 4:15]; you heard a voice, “you did not see a body”, Calvin 2006: 100–101. See also Wandel 2010: 149: according to Calvin, human eyes can see, but not perceive what is before them. 15 The treatise was first printed in Het eerste stuck van de wercken van Willem Teellinck (1659).

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