The main idea Hitchens presents throughout God Is Not Great is the question “If God is good, how can his followers do evil things?” Indeed, Hitchens raises an interesting question here. We all have examples of people who claim to be religious, who claim to be moral, who claim to believe in a good god, who also end up doing something evil. So Hitchens raises the question, “If God is great, how can his followers do evil things?” The implied answer to Hitchens question is the title of his book-god is not great.
Isn’t Hitchens jumping to conclusions here, though? Might there be any other number of reasons why people who claim to follow a good god do evil things? Right off the top of our head we might offer the suggestion that not all those who claim to be following God are truly following God. Continue reading