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My Review of Santi Tafarella’s Review of the book “God is Not Great”

The title of Santi Tafarella’s review is “English majors will especially like this book” and was published on April 23, 2007 on Amazon.com. Below are quotes of his review in the order in which they were written with my replies to them.

In the genre of athiest criticism of religion, Hitchens’ book fills a niche. Where, for example, Bertrand Russel approaches religion with a philosophical mind, and Richard Dawkins approaches religion with a scientific mind, Hitchens approaches religion with a literary mind.

And the sophist statement “literary mind” means what? So Russel and Dawkins were poor at English in comparison huh? Is that what you meant? If so, SO WHAT? What matters is the truth, not “wow he’s so eloquent”. Muslims use that same logic to defend the Qur’an, “Oh it’s the most eloquent of books, surely God wrote it.” Ironic that you think like a Muslim isn’t it Santi? Even God points out the stupidity of such thinking:

For Christ did not send me to baptize,
but to preach the gospel—
not with words of human wisdom,
lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.

1 Corinthians 1:17

When I came to you, brothers,
I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom
as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God.

1 Corinthians 2:1

Santi: “This makes for some fresh and caustic athiest insights that you might not expect to find in either Russell or Dawkins.

Interesting, you praise Hitchens for his “caustic” insights yet when atheists, pagans, and Arminians attack Calvinists they use that same word often to villify them, or “vitriolic”, “hateful”, or “belittling” you call their speech. Damn those Calvinists if they do, damn them if they don’t eh? Is that the highest law of the world? Or how about, “Thou shalt lie”?

Santi: “Hitchens, for example, begins his book by offering three quotes from classic pieces of literature, and within the first few pages he also alludes to George Eliot’s ‘Middlemarch’ without even mentioning Eliot’s name (presuming his readers will know who wrote ‘Middlemarch’). In other words, Hitchens is a man of letters writing to educated, thoughtful people with more than a smattering of English literature classes in their background.

Oh, he’s appealing to the “educated” (“wise”) with “literature” is he? To that God says,

For Christ did not send me to baptize,
but to preach the gospel—
not with words of human wisdom,

lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.
Christ the Wisdom and Power of God.
For the message of the cross is foolishness
to those who are perishing,
but to us who are being saved
it is the power of God.

For it is written:

‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.’

Where is the wise man?
Where is the scholar?
Where is the philosopher of this age?
Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?
For since in the wisdom of God
the world through its wisdom did not know him,
God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached
to save those who believe.
Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom,
but we preach Christ crucified:
a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles,
but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks,
Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
1 Corinthians 1:17-24

And isn’t that amazing how 1 Corinthians 1:17 which I used earlier is also tied into this passage too? You might think God foresaw the specific tactics people such as yourself would use against him to tie in the “eloquence” and “we’re educated not those stupid Calvinists who don’t know what Middlemarch is” tactic.

And how does knowing what Middlemarch is mean that a person is “educated”? What kind of retarded (no offense to genuinely retarded people) logic is that? So read that book and we Calvinists are then educated and as wise as you huh? I don’t think so: you see, you would just damn us for not believing you or claim (without evidence as usual) that we didn’t understand it.

Santi: “In this sense, Hitchens, unlike Russell or Dawkins, leads his readers not just to think their way through the book’s issues, but to feel them emotionally, in the way that one might feel one’s way through a novel by Dostoevsky.

Sophistry. Explain what you mean in plain English, not snooty sophistry.

I seriously doubt that all Christians who regularly read the Bible are emotionless and uneducated. I seriously doubt they stand still like a rock just doing nothing. If they were, you’re evil mouth wouldn’t be blabbing as much and this stupid book wouldn’t be a best seller as it would have no worthy target to attack (and pagan religions would still be dominating the world, keeping it in a truly “Dark Age” for all eternity) unless God finally got sick of them.

What is your evidence that when a person reads something other than Middlemarch or Hitchens’ book that they aren’t “feeling” the arguments. And what emotions must be felt to know the truth Santi? Please explain the scientific evidence that Hitchens’ book or Middlemarch gets a person to feel anything as opposed to what Dawkins or Russel wrote. Talk about evil stupid preaching, talk about sophistry. This isn’t an eloquence contest evil one, this is about life and death and you are treating it like a poetry contest. People are suffering and dying in extreme pain, kids, kids dying of cancer, ignored and therefore getting worse or taking forever to get better because of self-obsessed people like yourself hungry for man-praise and gaining it by wasting time speaking nonsense. You are sick.

Santi: “Hitchens is always on the side of suffering individuals,

Oh well what do you know, now you care about suffering inviduals. What a vain, deluded, liar. Does an atheist on Yahoo Answers being voted up by other atheists for saying that drinking beer is the solution to the suffering and dying in Africa also a show of concern for “the suffering”? Neither his book nor your rant nor the votes from anti-Christians for your review evidence that you care about “the suffering”. It sure as Hell does not show concern for the suffering Christians, let alones those kids the Child Protective Service agency KIDNAPPED IN MASS ILLEGALLY FROM A CHRISTIAN SCHOOL REFUSING TO LET THEM GO UNTIL THEY WERE POINTED OUT AS BREAKING THE LAW OF THE STATE. That’s your “concern”. And where was the concern when atheist Stalin killed millions of Christians and tried to exterminate the Ukranians, including the babies and kids? Where was the concern by the atheist government of China all these years for it’s Christian population? Was it shown by demolishing their churches for not having a “religious meeting permit”? “Oh well, they coulda just met at home” says Santi and friends. WRONG: THE ATHEISTS ALSO REQUIRE YOU HAVE A RELIGIOUS MEETING PERMIT FOR MEETING AT YOUR HOUSE. SOME CONCERN FOR SUFFERING, SOME TOLERANCE, SOME FREEDOM. Talk about “CONTROL FREAKS”. Talk about a “GOD COMPLEX”. Talk about “CONTROLLING THE TRUTH”. Talk about “ARROGANT”.

Santi: “and resists at every turn religion’s dogmatism and ‘one size fits all’ obtuseness.

Because you said so sophist, and whatever that meant.

He resists “religion’s dogmatism”. How many times does it need to be pointed out to you that not all religions are dogmatic? Do you even know what that word means? The religion taught in the Bible is based on EVIDENCE, EVIDENCE, EVIDENCE which babbling parrots like you refuse to look at because you are too busy not caring about the truth and only caring about racking up shallow-man praise to make yourself feel good. ONCE AGAIN: http://snipurl.com/oncesaved

Instead of glorifying “resistance” (rebellion) against “religion” Mr. HUMAN OVER GENERALIZATION WHO PRETENDS NOT TO HAVE A “PLEASE ME” RELIGION, how about being PATIENT and reading the books there with CARE? Why only read what agrees with your “feelings” Mr. Hitchens Gets Me To Feel Emotions? Is that all that matters to you?: GRATIFYING YOURSELF? No wonder you never come to truth.

Santi: “And in this sense Hitchens has hit upon an angle to come at religion that is not usually trodden: popular religion,

Oh, did you catch that weasel word anyone? It’s not the “tiny” religions like Buddhism or the religion of worshiping-atheists-who praise-you-while-slandering-and-murdering-Christians that matter, it’s those oh so evil “popular” religions, those oh so evil “organized” religions, not those oh so good DISORGANIZED CHAOTIC RELIGIONS THAT DISREGARD THE TRUTH. Santi thinks his atheist and or agnostic group is smaller than the “religious group” by pretending or forgetting that there are no similarities between the atheists and agnostic groups or all other non-Calvinist Christian groups. On top of that, does he have any scientific evidence that merely because the atheist group is smaller than the religious group that therefore the atheists are the ones who are most or fully correct in their beliefs? Yeah, right: Scientific evidence that shows atheists are more often correct than religious groups (and of course the evidence will come from atheist scientists {many of who claim there is no such thing as a religious scientist and who based that claim on THE MERE WORD OR FEELINGS OF ATHEISTS}). I can just as easily come up with evidence that all fish taste bad by lumping in the bad, tasting only the bad, and then declaring that the few I sampled represented all of the fish I lumped together. An alien can come to Earth and judge all humans as evil based on actions of the atheists of the Chinese and Vietnamese governments, their actions being their torture and murder both their religious and non-religious citizens, but that wouldn’t make the alien right would it? Or how about declaring a Christian doing nothing wrong but because an atheist murders him, I call both the Christian and atheist evil because both were human; would that judgment be correct?

Santi: “popular unlike great literature, resists the tragic, the ambiguous, and the particular.

Because you said so, and whatever you say is true because you said it. Well using your anti-popular anti-“unoriginal” logic, Judaism is the best philosophy, yet how many non-Jews in Israel have been killed because of Zionism, which an even smaller sect of Judaism (and must therefore be the right way to follow)? How many in the world have died because of Zionist self-ambition? Zionists control Israel and have a major influence in America, yet how much good have they demonstrated?

And using your logic, the unpopular Calvinist religions are also the right way to go, that very Christian denomination you oppose most without even realizing it perhaps,

The popular Christian denominations which believe salvation must be earned by either good works and or obedience to the ten commandments (or at least 8 of them, and at least to some degree) not counting the fact that you can’t do a good deed without obedience to the ten commandments minus the 7th day Sabbath commandment:

There is one group of Christians who believes that salvation from Hell (or non-existence) must be earned, in keeping with what the evil copy-cat reformer named Arminius taught, these are the Christian groups:

1,115,000,000 billion Catholics (not all of whom believe they are Christians)

224,770,000 Eastern Orthodox Christians

80,000,000 Angelicans

66,000,000 Lutherans

15,000,000 Coptic Orthodox Christians

12,000,000 Mormons (not all of whom believe they are Christians)

10,650,000 Seventh-day Adventists

7,000,000 Serbian Orthodox

5,888,650 Jehovah’s Witnesses

4,000,000 Armenian Apostolics

723,000 Disciples of Christ (or Campbellites, which is a heretical sect whose beliefs are nebulous because they pretend that to save what they believe in way that can be referred to simply by repeating it {and thereby making it convenient to know and understand} is the equivalent of making a “creed” and that creeds are a sin). Their creed can be summed up as, “We only believe in repeating Bible verses that suit our tastes and anyone who teaches that we are going to Hell for teaching that, is evil.”

430 million Pentecostals (which includes the Assemblies / Assembly of God). It seems that most of these Pentecostals believe Arminius over Calvin despite claiming to be Calvinistic, because (though they may say with their mouths that salvation can’t be earned} they teach that you must keep your salvation by obeying some of the “ten commandments”, and that God gave salvation to them because he foresaw them for it out of the goodness of their heart on their own, in other words, is rewarding them for their goodness, on top of that, teach that they can obtain eternal life as long as you obey some of the commandments in the Bible {and to get eternal life will SAVE them from ever having to go to Hell}. So without realizing it {or knowing they are contradicting themselves but keeping it to themselves} are teaching that salvation can be earned).

There is a very different group of Christians who believe salvation from Hell and the eternal life that goes with it, CAN’T be earned:

75,000,000 Reformed Christians (or 5 Point Calvinist Christians).

So, there are about 1,96,381,650 Christians who believe that God’s forgiveness must be earned and / or kept by doing good deeds and / or by obeying the the commandments given by Jesus and that you don’t get eternal life until after you die (which sounds ironic now that I think about it) vs. 75 million Calvinists who believe that forgiveness and eternal life are free and that you can only get either before you die and that to be forgiven will automatically get you eternal life.

The nearly 2 billion “saved by good deeds” Christians hate the 75 million that don’t, and would gladly see these 75 million tortured in Hell forever (and the rest of the world), as ironic as that sounds, but it’s the truth. They may pretend to care about non-Christians, but only in the sense in that they would love to lord it over them and be worshiped by them. Another irony is that most non-Christians (even kids) would think that if God or any gods did exist, or do, would or do think that eternal peace can be earned as well. Another irony is that both the “earn salvation Christians” and “earn peace non-Christians” don’t even treat each other that well; they are always committing crimes against each other and out of distrust of each other.

The world can be divided into TWO GROUPS then: Those who believe that they can achieve eternal peace by earning it (which includes simply doing “whatever you want” also expressed as “being true to yourself” and which basically means, “to do what you feel like over what the God of the Bible commands you to do”) and the other group is, guess who?: The Calvinist / “Once Saved Always Saved” group.

Using both Santi’s logic, that would mean that the Calvinists are the ones who have “the truth” since they are the smallest religious group. Ironically, the Bible teaches that too:

If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.
If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own.
As it is, you do not belong to the world,
but I have chosen you out of the world.
That is why the world hates you.
John 15:18-20

Do not be surprised,
my brothers,
if the world hates you.

1 John 3:13

You adulterous people,
don’t you know that friendship with the world
is hatred toward God?
Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world
becomes an enemy of God.

James 4:4

So, Santi, and all those who deliberately voted for is review have admitted that the main Calvinist doctrine is correct and that they are the most trustworthy of all groups. You admitted it without even knowing it. Talk about digging your own pit and eating your own words.

“Thus if you love literature, and identify with frail humanity via literature, you will resist the easy platitudes of religion.”

The Bible is literature, and of course it makes people “feel” emotions and all the time and it literally commands people to not only fellowship together for men and women to have sex with each other ALL THE TIME. That’s a command that even anti-Christian sickos have no problem obeying (except homosexuals). What a big massive duh.

Besides those obvious facts you’ve reviewed a book here ON THE BIBLE, and that book is even called “God is Not Great”, and on top of that it’s common knowledge (I guess you forgot in your addiction to showing off and for shallow man-praise) that the Bible is the best selling book in the world and has been for many years straight and still is. On top of that it’s the most written about, and the book you’ve reviewed is just another example.

ON TOP OF THAT, since when does the Bible not say that humanity is frail?????? Since when do Christians deny that they are???? Have you even read the Bible carefully in any way or learned Bible basics that little Christian kids have and do all the time? Here’s some help:

All our days pass away under your wrath;
we finish our years with a moan.
The length of our days is seventy years—
or eighty, if we have the strength;
yet their span is but trouble and sorrow,
for they quickly pass, and we fly away.

Psalm 90:9-10

Remember, O God,
that my life is but a breath;
my eyes will never see happiness again.

Job 7:7

What is man that you make so much of him,
that you give him so much attention,
that you examine him every morning
and test him every moment?

Job 7:17-18

My life is consumed by anguish
and my years by groaning;
my strength fails because of my affliction,
and my bones grow weak.

Psalm 31:10

Man born of woman
is of few days and full of trouble.
He springs up like a flower and withers away;
like a fleeting shadow, he does not endure.

Job 14:1-2

What does a man get for all the toil
and anxious striving with which he labors
under the sun? All his days his work is pain
and grief; even at night his mind does not rest.

Ecclesiastes 2:22

This is what the Sovereign Yahweh says:
“I myself will take a shoot
from the very top of a cedar and plant it;
I will break off a tender sprig from its topmost shoots
and plant it on a high and lofty mountain.
On the mountain heights of Israel I will plant it

Ezekiel 17:22-23

Their people, drained of power,
are dismayed and put to shame.
They are like plants in the field,
like tender green shoots,
like grass sprouting on the roof,
scorched before it grows up.

2 Kings 19:26

Their people, drained of power,
are dismayed and put to shame.
They are like plants in the field,
like tender green shoots,
like grass sprouting on the roof,
scorched before it grows up.

Isaiah 37:27

All men are like grass, and all their glory
is like the flowers of the field;
the grass withers and the flowers fall

1 Peter 1:23

He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.

Isaiah 53:2

Jesus replied,
“Foxes have holes
and birds of the air have nests,
but the Son of Ma
 has no place to lay his head.

Matthew 8:20

A voice says, “Cry out.”
And I said, “What shall I cry?”:
“All men are like grass,
and all their glory
is like the flowers of the field.
The grass withers and the flowers fall,
because the breath of Yahweh blows on them.
Surely the people are grass.
The grass withers and the flowers fall,
but the word of our God stands forever.”

Isaiah 40:6-8

What words can I say to express how evil and stupid you are including the almost 2,200 ignorants who deliberately voted your review up beyond what I’ve already said?

How about this?:

In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,
while evil men and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.
But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of,
because you know those from whom you learned it,
and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures,
which are able to make you wise for salvation
through faith in Christ Jesus.

2 Timothy 3:12-15
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