The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice

The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice

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The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The negative reviews posted here are typical of the reaction to this book. Outrage is expressed toward the heretic, without any specific refutation of any point. The book presents a clear and concise case that MT was a hypocrite and a fraud. The addition of further details of the woman's life and career would have improved the book, however.
Guest More than 1 year ago
And Hitchens is the man fto say it. I was always in agreement with this view and wondered when the world would catch on. As someone who raised money for impoverished third world hospitals 'the ones that actually like to see poor people stop suffering and live healthy lives', I was enraged by the money this little con artist drained from legitimately charitable enterprises. Saintly? no! but she and her minions were very slick and resorted to sabotage to attract the big donors. I was grateful for this book and bravo again to Hitchens, a hero of mine from the days he taught at Pitt.
Nekko_fox More than 1 year ago
It amuses me ever so much that the outrage (often by Christian theologians and religious fundamentalists) is directed at the supposed belief that Teresa, because of her presumably religious disposition, is above scrutiny and above criticism, just as as religion is apparently claimed to be so. Hitchens tears down the curtain of rhetoric and nonsense and shows the truth behind the matter, shows the reality of who Teresa was and how she came to do what she did. Those who give this book low scores and write their scathing reviews are best to be ignored; they don't read this to learn, they read in the hopes that it will help bolster their faith and give them further fodder in their attempts to belittle those who seek to be free from religious thinking, and are upset that they didn't find the ammunition they were hoping to acquire and so they resort to ad hominem attacks, straw man arguments, and rhetological fallacies all the while refusing to accept, or in fact RESPOND to the facts presented before them, regardless if the evidence produced. For them, religion should never be questioned, and their saints never thought ill of. Though not the greatest literary work of the 21st century, it is still an essential read for those willing to tear themselves away from the propaganda of the church and expand their knowledge beyond an outdated religious manuscript that was cobbled together by dozens of religious copyists with hidden agendas.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a former Catholic, I understand how Mother Teresa was canonized even before she died, because that was the powerful marketing message we were fed for years. But one thing Hitchens does, that the Church conditions you not to do, was ask for hard facts. The hard facts show Teresa to be an ultra-orthodox hypocrite who harkens back to 19th century attitudes about rich and poor, holy and holier than thou. One thing is true of the people who can't wait to pray to Teresa: they are icon-seekers who can't tolerate challenges, because they mistake blind acceptance for faith. So if you can't stomach the thought that the media image of a bent old woman reaching her hand out the a starving, sick child actually believed that that child's suffering somehow redeems the world, remember that she was friends with Doc Duvalier and Charles Keating, two of the biggest thieves of the 20th century. It's not much of a stretch.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of Hitchen's finest! The religious fanatics are out in swarms attempting to discredit and hide the truth of one of the foremost swindlers and frauds in modern history. Independaent thinkers, moral and ethical individuals owe Hitchens a vast debt of gratitude for providing a brilliant example of the repudiation of received opinion and its replacement with an exercise in critical inquiry that results in the smashing of illusion and unmasking its beneficiary, in this instance Mother Teresa, and exposing her to the piercing light of reality, especially when the beneficiary has been protected from exposure by ensconcement behind the massive propaganda stronghold of religion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
At last, someone who is not afraid to speak out and shake a lulled and willingly-duped world. I see this blind acceptance of 'Mother' Teresa's carefully cultivated public image even inside india. A 'must-read' for those who want to understand how history is made: by propoagandists, publicists and an uncritical media.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The negative reviews are presumably written by those who never read the book. They might have an example of his poor writing or bad research otherwise. Perhaps Hitchens has a bit too little sympathy for a sincere woman who was willing to sacrifice much, exploit many and overlook the failings of her sponsors to build her conservative religious legacy, but he illuminates hypocracies unbecoming to a supposed saint.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Society shouldn't venerate people unless they deserve it. After reading this, I think Christopher Hitchens deserves veneration more than Mother Theresa for trying to open people's eyes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book, tough topic, outstandingly written. Of course, mass deluded people and bigots would give the book only a 'poor' rating. In fact, they would give it to their lives and intellect.
heathenatheist More than 1 year ago
How nice for Mr. Hitchens that he has basically been vindicated by mother teresa herself! She has recently confirmed his notions that she in FACT has no faith. See just some of her own writing and remarks below: Shortly after beginning her work in the slums of Calcutta, she wrote "Where is my faith? Even deep down there is nothing but emptiness and darkness. If there be a God - please forgive me." In letters eight years later she was still expressing "such deep longing for God", adding that she felt "repulsed, empty, no faith, no love, no zeal". This is just a tidbit. So for all who bashed Mr. Hitchens for his brave revalations about this wicked person, do some real investigating before you pass judgement. Read her very own book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Typical of Christians to NOT read or hear facts but still have opinions...B&N you should really not let people who haven't read this book write reviews.  This is well written and well researched.  Very enlightening.  Christian hypocrisy at it's FINEST.
DipsyDmstr More than 1 year ago
Once again Christopher Hitchens throws the harpoon at the hypocracy of piety. The truth lies not in mumbling words but in an acute interest in the facts. Keith Taylor (AKA Dipsey Dumpster
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
With documentation and evidence, how can anyone deny the facts? Well written and wonderfully exposed for the world.
Dazatheist More than 1 year ago
Well I know what I have not done. I have not taken people from the streets and places then in tiny hammocks to lay in anguish to die without medical help or even a baby aspirin. Mr. Hitchen provides a great and insightful introduction into the fraud that is Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu (sorry but Terresa is not her real name)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Christopher Hitchens' latest is guaranteed to spark controversy, as he takes aim at one of the icons of Catholicism. The irascible Hitchens -- one of the few committed socialists to support the Iraq war -- reaffirms his status as iconoclast and, from his point of view, truth teller. While The Missionary Position is short on facts, and demonstrates the usual socialist bias against organized religion, Hitchens does raise disturbing questions about Mother Teresa, who routinely flew to the US for medical treatment using donated money, professed divorce as a mortal sin, yet supported her friend Lady Diana's decision to divorce Charles, and spent a goodly portion of her later years traveling the world using other people's money. Hitchens is always unpredictable. He celebrates George Orwell for his willingess to admit his early support of Stalin was misplaced; voted for G. W. Bush; excoriated the Clintons, whom he calls cynical liars; believes Henry Kissinger belongs in prison; and quit his job at the left leaning The Nation rather than change his position favoring the Saddam's overthrow. If you're looking for conventional wisdom, watch Larry King. If you're looking for provocative commentary, check out Hitchens.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Only Hitchens can make great arguments.
PuckTE More than 1 year ago
MT was a horable person, but this book is an amazing read. You are missed Hitch.
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