Every Atheist Needs: The Missionary Position

I know what you filthy heathens thought I meant, but if you’d get your sinful minds out of the gutter for two seconds, I’d like to talk about the book from the very missed, Mr. Christopher Hitchens about Mother Teresa. As you all know, Hitch had some very, very strong feelings towards the little sister in Calcutta. If you recall his short documentary, Hell’s Angel:

I also covered some of these things in my post responding to a Nun’s defense of Mother Teresa: click here to read that. If you want a robust and thorough takedown of Mama T that will leave you reeling, though, you need to read The Missionary Position by Christopher Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens - The Missionary PositionMother Teresa has been revered the world over as a selfless angel sent from Heaven above, and Hitch made it his task to prove the world wrong. After reading the book The Missionary Position, your image of this canonized and revered woman will be shattered. He explains how detrimental some of her practices were to the people with whom she worked and how inherently corrupt she was with money. He goes into her beliefs regarding contraception, and the nature of pain. A picture of a brutal, evil doctrine being forced on an unwitting group of unfortunate and innocent people, begins to take shape. Mother Teresa was the human manifestation of evil on Earth, and Christopher Hitchens doesn’t hold back in this exposition.

This book helps us remember that what is often portrayed as good and selfless, needs our critical thought and skepticism just as much as ideas that make us uncomfortable. One of the most important reads for any atheist.

Some of my favourite quotes from the book:

Mother Teresa was not a friend of the poor. She was a friend of poverty. She said that suffering was a gift from God. She spent her life opposing the only known cure for poverty, which is the empowerment of women and the emancipation of them from a livestock version of compulsory reproduction.”

“The rich world likes and wishes to believe that someone, somewhere, is doing something for the Third World. For this reason, it does not inquire too closely into the motives or practices of anyone who fulfills, however vicariously, this mandate.”

If you’ve not read much about this woman, or you’ve always had a high opinion of her, you absolutely must read this book. Get it now:

The Missionary Position – Christopher Hitchens

Have you read The Missionary Position by Christopher Hitchens? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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  • Oggy 521

    Look, First Timothy 2:12 “But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.” KJV. Stop teaching this blasphemy. Read the bible then come and criticise it. Before you put me down for being misogynistic, look, men have their strengths like upper body strength while women have theirs like being sceptical and be able to read people’s feelings so men are supposed to work and provide and lead while women are supposed to follow, not the other way round. Letting women do men’s work and vice versa is like putting gloves on your foot and socks on your hands just because they are both articles of clothing. God did not make man and women the same.

    • Read the Bible. Can you prove it’s true? Until then, no need for me to concern myself with anything it says 🙂

    • That’s just stupid!

    • that’s not just stupid – that’s ugly. even if it’s unlikely, i really hope you don’t believe what you wrote.
      and remember: the road to atheism is paved with read bibles!