Wintersalen Sale

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Tour our stores


Authors, readers, critics, media — and booksellers.


God Bless Christopher Hitchens

God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything by Christopher Hitchens

Reviewed by Mark Warren

"In creating Christopher Hitchens, God took special care and did a hell of a job. A writer touched by greatness, following his own broken compass all over the map, servile to no one, insulter of many, drinker and smoker nonpareil. A man of consequence. A writer. Thank you, God...." Read the entire Esquire review.

7 Responses to "God Bless Christopher Hitchens"

    Lenore April 24th, 2007 at 11:18 pm

    I hated the smug faux-religiousity of this review. Having said that, I might consider reading this book based on title alone.

    Nora Buchalter April 25th, 2007 at 7:11 am

    I may read this book but Mark Warren is as vulgar as those who believe in god-I use to believe in god, but have come into the light. And I see how religion has poisoned everything and has taken the world to the brink of annihilation all in the name of god &(insert relgion here)- it is a my dad can beat your dad syndrome. When is everyone going to grow up an do the right things because they are right not for some treatie dangled infront of them? Those who believe in the myth of god take no responsibility for what happens in this world because they are too fixated on some great reward after they die.

    s h a r o n April 25th, 2007 at 7:47 am

    I understand your reaction, Lenore. The facetiousness seemed to be dripping everywhere, and I swear on a stack of bibles, I couldn't determine where the reviewer Warren stood.

    Hitchens is nothing if not irreverent, but what I like about him is that he seems equally irreverent about everything. I love consistency.

    Sue Fisher April 25th, 2007 at 8:50 am

    I, too, like the irreverence of the reviewer and am intrigued by the book. I was not raised in a particularly religious family and was able to make my own decisions on faith. At 54, I believe in a powerful force, but I believe it is the force of nature and certainly not a "He," as Warren and Hitchens named. (Mother Nature, perhaps?...Unruled and uninfluenced by mankind's prayers...)

    If you think of all the deaths in our history in the name of religion (think Witch Hunts, Holocaust, the Middle East, as just a few...) we would realize that it is the collective humanity that drives us and not the hand of god (contrary to Bush's assertion). Unfortunately, religion is used as often as a shield for horrible acts (in the name of god), more often than it is probably used for comfort. I can't wait to read Hitchen's take on this...

    stephen lang April 25th, 2007 at 11:30 am

    Hitchens is glad God exists.

    Because he no longer has any credibility writing about stuff down here. His unabashed support for the Bush War (excuse me, war in Iraq) and bashing of its opponents leaves him with no credibility on political issues. So he had to pick a bigger target.

    This guy is as phony as they come. I was a fan back when he was exposing Henry Kissginer as a war criminal. Too bad he turned into another cheering conservative sellout.

    ephraim April 25th, 2007 at 3:29 pm

    In response to Stephen's comment, I , too have been disapointed by Hitchen's position on the Bush war, but I don't think that means he has lost all credibility---not by a long shot. Hitchens is a brilliaant writer and debater, probably the best there is living today, and he has been correct on so many other things. He deserves respect for fearless intellectual honesty.

    Mary Treherne April 30th, 2007 at 4:20 am

    The greatest enemy of 'religion' may not be Christopher Hitchens or the band of bio-evolutionary-athiests of the Dawkins variety but God. A new moral proof on the web is being 'tested' It has the potential to bring down the whole of monotheism. The bottom line is simple.
    Religion false, God true. And he'll prove it to anyone who want to know!

    Check these links:

Post a comment:

Get Your Gravatar

  1. Please note:
  2. All comments require moderation by staff.
  3. Comments submitted on weekends might take until Monday to appear.
PowellsBooks.Blog uses Gravatar to allow you to personalize the icon that appears beside your name when you post. If you don't have one already, get your Gravatar today!
  • back to top


Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at