Excerptsfrom the book - "And here is the point, about myself and my co-thinkers. Our belief is not a belief. Our principles are not a faith. We do not rely solely upon science and reason, because these are necessary rather than sufficient factors, but we distrust anything that contradicts science or outrages reason."
"We are not immune to the lure of wonder and mystery and awe: we have music and art and literature, and find that the serious ethical dilemmas are better handled by Shakespeare and Tolstoy and Schiller and Dostoyevsky and George Eliot than in the mythical morality tales of the holy books. Literature, not scripture, sustains the mind and—since there is no other metaphor—also the soul."
From the NY Times review - "Hitchens is an old-fashioned village atheist, standing in the square trying to pick arguments with the good citizens on their way to church. "
It seems to me that I can save myself a whole lot of time & reading and just listen to Mike Malloy for 5 minutes or so in the evening and be told how "mentally ill" I am for believing in "sky spooks" etc.
Actually though, I am reading (or I should say listening to) a good (imo) book about religion. "The Looming Tower - Al Qaeda and the Road to 9/11" by Lawrence Wright. A National Book Award finalist.
And then I've got "Lone Survivor" by Marcus Luttrell on tap.