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Christopher Hitchens

Christopher Eric Hitchens was an English-born American author, journalist and literary critic. He was a contributor to Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, World Affairs, The Nation, Slate, Free Inquiry and a variety of other media outlets. Hitchens was also a political observer, whose best-selling books — the most famous being God Is Not Great — made him a staple of talk shows and lecture circuits. He was also a media fellow at the Hoover Institution.Hitchens was a polemicist and intellectual. While he was once identified with the Anglo-American radical political left, near the end of his life he embraced some arguably right-wing causes, most notably the Iraq War. Formerly a Trotskyist and a fixture in the left wing publications of both the United Kingdom and United States, Hitchens departed from the grassroots of the political left in 1989 after what he called the "tepid reaction" of the European left following Ayatollah Khomeini's issue of a fatwa calling for the murder of Salman Rushdie, but he stated on the Charlie Rose show aired August 2007 that he remained a "Democratic Socialist."The September 11, 2001 attacks strengthened his embrace of an interventionist foreign policy, and his vociferous criticism of what he called "fascism with an Islamic face." He is known for his ardent admiration of George Orwell, Thomas Paine and Thomas Jefferson, and for his excoriating critiques of Mother Teresa, Henry Kissinger and Bill Clinton.Hitchens was an anti-theist, and he described himself as a believer in the Enlightenment values of secularism, humanism, and reason.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christop...

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Ramon Verduzco-olivahar citeretsidste år
The people who must never have power are the humorless. To impossible certainties of rectitude they ally tedium and uniformity
Martina Sidumiso Pedersenhar citeretsidste år
Credibile est, quia ineptum est, as the “church father” Tertullian put it, either disarmingly or annoyingly according to your taste, “its very improbability makes it believable.” It is impossible to quarrel seriously with such a view
Martina Sidumiso Pedersenhar citeretsidste år
Actually, the “leap of faith”—to give it the memorable name that Soren Kierkegaard bestowed upon it—is an imposture. As he himself pointed out, it is not a “leap” that can be made once and for all. It is a leap that has to go on and on being performed, in spite of mounting evidence to the contrary. This effort is actually too much for the human mind, and leads to delusions and manias. Religion understands perfectly well that the “leap” is subject to sharply diminishing returns, which is why it often doesn’t in fact rely on “faith” at all but instead corrupts faith and insults reason by offering evidence and pointing to confected “proofs.”

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Si eres fan o devoto de la Madre Teresa, NO lo leas.
No sé qué hayas oído sobre Hitchens, pero los rumores son ciertos. En este libro, analiza la figura y símbolo de la cultura popular en que se ha convertido la Madre Teresa, y la juzga por sus actos y por los hechos, no por su reputación (como él mismo dice).
Me pareció un libro sensacional para ejercitar la duda y el pensamiento crítico. En estos tiempos, es necesario combatir el fanatismo, la credulidad, la ingenuidad y el pensamiento rígido.

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    Not a feel-good book about your impending death, but a dont-feel-alone.

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    Mortality
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