04 June, 2007

Hitchens takes on Hitchens

Lee at A Thinking Reed has pointed to Peter Hitchens' review of Christopher Hitchens' book, God is not Great. It's a very good review, for the most part avoiding any sort of delicious comeuppance. For the most part, I say, until the end, when Peter delivers this well-stated rejoinder:

It is one of [my brother's] favourite jibes that a world ruled by faith is like North Korea, a place where all is known and all is ordered.

On the contrary, North Korea is the precise opposite of a land governed by conscience.

It is a country governed by men who do not believe in God or conscience, where nobody can be trusted to make his own choices, and where the State decides for the people what is right and what is wrong.

And it is the ultimate destination of atheist thought.

If you do not worship God, you end up worshipping power, whether it is Kim Jong Il, Leon Trotsky or the military might of George W. Bush. In which case, God help you.
Since that is, I think, the worst Peter says about Hitchens' book, and in fact he praises it quite highly otherwise, you might want to take a look at it.

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