for Village Mag's take on Hitchens, Waters and Keven Myers. Just to give a flavour:
Myers’ extraordinary overblown praise for his book – “… God is Not Great is easily the most brilliant and fascinating contemplation upon the role of religion in human society in recent times, the Das Kapital of a tolerant, if exasperated, atheism”
This pseudointellectual had me going for a while until I read this...
But in fact there is nothing particularly brilliant about Hitchens’ book. In style and content it is essentially the same as last year’s atheist blockbuster The God Delusion by Prof. Richard Dawkins.
Yes they're basically the same in the sense that they are both books containing text that advocates atheism... but that's where the similarities end. There was a tiny bit of crossover in the arguments used, which is to be expected, but Hitchens's (to the best of my knowledge there was only one Hitchens involved with writing this book) writing style, the bulk of his arguments and the manner in which the arguments were presented bore little or no resemblance to the god delusion. I hate it when people pretend to read books.
Nor is there anything particularly challenging about the arguments it contains
Yeah the arguments for atheism are quite simple and unchallenging... which makes me wonder why there are any theists left. Complex arguments are consistent with the act of rationalisation which is what you have to resort to when you have irratational beliefs.
: just like the Dawkins book (which is by no means the genius professor’s best) it fails to land punches with any real force on any type of pro-religious view other than the sort of literalist nonsense found in American mainstream Protestantism, Roman Catholic orthodoxy, conservative Islamic thought and the like.
err... so it only challenges the religious beliefs of the majority of religious people on earth... Wanker.