Christopher Hitchens

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He was educated at the independent Leys School, in Cambridge, and at Balliol College, Oxford, and read philosophy, politics, and economics.
 
He was educated at the independent Leys School, in Cambridge, and at Balliol College, Oxford, and read philosophy, politics, and economics.
 
===Professional life===
 
===Professional life===
Hitchens authored God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything. He comes to 4 main conclusions in his critique of religion:
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Hitchens authored [[God Is Not Great|God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything]]. He comes to 4 main conclusions in his critique of religion:
 
* Religion distorts the origins of humanity and the universe;
 
* Religion distorts the origins of humanity and the universe;
 
* Religion commands unreasonable suppression of human nature;
 
* Religion commands unreasonable suppression of human nature;

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Christopher Hitchens is an English-American writer, journalist, commentator, political activist and self described anti-theist. Hitchens contends that organised religion is "[v]iolent, irrational, intolerant, allied to racism, tribalism, and bigotry, invested in ignorance and hostile to free inquiry, contemptuous of women and coercive toward children", and that accordingly it "ought to have a great deal on its conscience."

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Biography

Personal life

Born April 13, 1949.

Education

He was educated at the independent Leys School, in Cambridge, and at Balliol College, Oxford, and read philosophy, politics, and economics.

Professional life

Hitchens authored God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything. He comes to 4 main conclusions in his critique of religion:

  • Religion distorts the origins of humanity and the universe;
  • Religion commands unreasonable suppression of human nature;
  • Religion impels people to violence and blind submission to authority; and
  • Religion is hostile to free inquiry.

Works

Bibliography

  • God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything 2007.
  • The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Non-Believer 2007.
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