Christopher Hitchens: Religion belongs to the fearful childhood of the race

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The Independent Online

Speaking about the premise of his latest book, God is Not G reat, renowned author and prominent atheist Christopher Hitchens describes religion as belonging to "the superstitious, fearful childhood of the race", in an interview which takes in Hitchens' concern over the influence of religious groups over the education system and his fears over a growing global tide of theocracy. "There would be cruelty, violence and warfare even if there was no religion", Hitchens claims, "but what I mean to say is that the religious part of our brain is part of the less highly evolved bit".