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+ 1 star after a few years of sober thought

  • Mar 10, 2004
The very first book I ever reviewed on Amazon was this one. At the time I had never heard of Chris Hitchens and doubted his motives.

I now am very familar with him and his opinions and looking at this book a 2nd time come to the following conclusions:

Hitchens has as always written an honest book as in my review of many years past I don't dispute the facts he details

Hitchens is not convinced of a vast Vatican conspericy as I thought he is instead the classic anti-theist. He has no use for religion and his conclusions of Mother Teresa stem from that.

The Basic arguement of the book is Mother Teresa is no saint because she is more interested in Catholic doctrine and belief then the care of the poor and furthermore put those doctrines ahead of her mission. He is quite correct.

However he forgets that #1 without that belief none of the good done by her and the sisters would have been done, and #2. As a believing and devout Catholic if she put the work ahead of her belief then she would be sinning. This is not only biblical (He who loves mother or Father more than me is not worthy of me) but best addressed in Lewis's SCREWTAPE LETTERS #23 "...we do want and want very much to make men treat Christianity as a means...a means to anything --even to social justice...the Enemy (God) will not be used as a convenience."

Much like his view of Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ the idea that the worship or belief in Christ as the primary cause for an action makes it less whole. If you believe religion is a waste of time then you will agree with both views. If you are a believer in Christ you will not.

Either way the book is worth reading. If only for the fact is is the only contrary view of Mother out there and is a more honest view than any other critic would give.

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What's next--The Girl Scouts: The Untold Story? How could anybody write a debunking book about Mother Teresa and her Missionaries of Charity order? Well, in this little cruise missile of a book, Hitchens quickly establishes that the idea is not without point. After all, what is Mother Teresa doing hanging out with a dictator's wife in Haiti and accepting over a million dollars from Charles Keating? The most riveting material in the book is contained in two letters: one from Mother Teresa to Judge Lance Ito--then weighing what sentence to dole out to the convicted Keating--which cited all the work Keating has done "to help the poor," and another from a Los Angeles deputy D.A., Paul Turley, back to Mother Teresa that eloquently stated that rather than working to reduce Keating's sentence, she should return the money he gave her to its rightful owners, the defrauded bond-holders. (Significantly, Mother Teresa never replied.) And why do former missionary workers and visiting doctors consistently observe that the order's medical practices seem so inadequate, especially given all the money that comes in? (Hitchens acidly observes that on the other hand, Mother Teresa herself always manages to receive world-class medical care.) Hitchens's answer is that Mother Teresa is first and foremost interested not in providing medical treatment, but in furthering Catholic doctrine and--quite literally--becoming a saint.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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ISBN-10: 185984054X
ISBN-13: 978-1859840542
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Genre: Religion & Spirituality
Publisher: Verso
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