OK, He's a Fool

But still, his book is capable of prompting entertaining reviews.

Money quote: "If he had, he would have to conclude that it is not religion that poisons everything, but human beings that poison everything, including religion and atheism. They also poison garden clubs, baseball teams, industrial corporations, moose lodges, academic departments, and charitable trusts. In short, wherever one finds humanity, one also finds inhumanity."

Yes, and it is not government that poisons everything, or private enterprise, but human beings.


  1. I'm just glad I wasn't the fool to which your title referred.

  2. For anyone who's interested, I think one of the more thought-provoking critiques of the Secular Narrative is to be found in David Bentley Hart, Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies. Yes, it has an irritatingly flashy title, but the content is pretty solid (which is not, of course, to say that I agree with everything in it).

  3. I can't stand Hitchens, and liked this review too.

    Not sure I get your closing point, though; sure, we may lose sight of human beings/action when referring to "corporations", "the state" or "the Church", but that is not simply our wont but also can be very useful.

  4. It's that anarchists, say, try to assign the source of evil to "the State," or Mraxists to "private property," but the actual source is human beings.


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