> Feeb wrote:
>> Seems a slight on his memory to post that propaganda especially if you've read
>> book "God is not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything."
>> Conservatives like to demonize him whenever possible.
> That's a great book. I have read it.
> Not all conservatives are religious. I've made my views clear before on that, though
> you weren't around. I agree with a lot of what Hitchens says on religion.
>> I am not religious and never have been. When I was younger, Christianity was pushed
>> on me heavily and I asked tons of questions of the religious leaders I still feel
>> like they never answered. Some would even try to use fear of hell and shaming
>> as a way to get me to accept it. I was dragged to Church every Sunday for years
>> I'm sure I was a thorn in their side.
>> When I was in foster care I used "going to church" as a way to get out
>> of the house and attended every service, every week at a small church that was
>> block from where I lived. Some of these were prayer groups with around 10 people
>> sitting in a circle. I always found this to be the most interesting part of Christianity.
>> Before and after the prayer, conversation would take place about everyone's deepest
>> problems, what they are looking forward to, their family life, going-ons, etc.
>> got really into it, even though I didn't buy into the concept of god. On one of
>> nights a woman asked that we pray for her to "better serve her husband"
>> while lambasting herself for all that upset him. The pastor prayed for it and
> I stopped
>> going. I started looking at other religions. Eventually I scrapped the idea that
>> it was for me at all.
>> Now I kind of have a more nuanced perspective because I see that religion influences
>> culture. Some great things have come from Christian culture that have allowed
>> society here in America to progress. Some of their principles on morality stand
>> the dogma. In other areas I really don't like, like women being subservient to
>> though that may be changing. I also like that Christians at least have principles
>> and have things to say on ethics, personal responsibility, promoting healthy families,
>> etc. That seems lacking today.
Hitchens is definitely one of my favorite recent intellectuals. He was a conservative; I agree with most of his views period. I miss that dude.
If you enjoy him you may like Bart Ehrman's stuff. Most of Hitchens's rational thoughts on Christianity come from Ehrman's scholarship. That guy knows his bible.