HITCHENS THE MISSIONARY POSITION PDF

The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice [Christopher Hitchens, Thomas Mallon] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The. Missionary. Position. •. Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice. CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS. VERSO. London. New York. In a frank expose of the Teresa cult, Hitchens details the nature and limits of one woman’s mission to the world’s poor. He probes the source of the heroic status.

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Mother Teresa’s missionarj about the godliness of poverty and suffering appear to be her justification for this. This is a small episode in an unending argument between those who know they are right and therefore claim the mandate of heaven, and those who suspect that the human race has nothing but the poor candle of reason by which to light its way.

The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice

But there were no nappies, and only cold water. Still, this is a powerful and memorable book, and cautions all of us to be suspicious of religious beliefs when they are summoned to service and then applied to a particular political agenda.

Now surely no degree of religious delusion could stand to excuse such blatant hypocrisy. In cricketing parlance, Mother Teresa: Hitch’s screed is more of a pamphlet than a book, coming in at just under pages scarcely filled pages that will take at most a couple of hours to read.

He unmasks pseudo-miracles, questions Mother Teresa’s fitness to adjudicate on matters of sex and reproduction, and reports on a version of saintly ubiquity which affords genial relations with dictators, corrupt tycoons and convicted frauds.

She left unanswered a letter from the prosecutor asking positiin to return those funds so that they could be dispersed to his victims. Because it’s so brief, I’m going with three stars instead of four. For this, she used all the tricks of the trade – and her proximity to powerful political figures and crooked capitalists helped her along.

It’s hard to see how someone who professes to work for the poor would keep money that was basically stolen from ordinary people.

She mentions one patient in particular who was able to escape the hostel for a while, because a caring friend of Gillespie’s offered to take him in. She accepted money from anyone, and traded her influence as a “good person” for money from corrupt politicians or political regimes. But Hitchens’ antipathy towards religion in no way mitigates the testimony he presents from several eyewitnesses. Hitchens seems to be just a little too comfortable thinking the worst of her in any given situation.

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If I had made up some details, I could have written a near word-for-word parody of the book without having even read it. No chairs anywhere, missionsry were just these stretcher beds.

Despite the pure shock power of the title, Hitchens’ originally preferred title may have been more appropriate. View all 21 comments. From her praise of the country’s corrupt first family, he writes, “Other questions arise … all of them touching on matters of saintliness, modesty, humility and devotion to the poor.

The New York Times. You can see tthe nice overview in the “Criticism” section of her Wikipedia page. Now what if New York City had not offered to pay for an elevator? Should Mother Teresa be canonized?

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If Mother Teresa is the adored object of many credulous and uncritical observers, then the blame is not hers, or hers alone. Nevertheless, Hitchens is always a great read and he covers the topic reasonably completely. George Orwell’s admonition in his essay on Gandhi—that saints should always be presumed guilty until proved innocent—was drowned in a Niagara of soft-hearted, soft-headed, positoin uninquiring propaganda.

To ask other readers questions about The Missionary Positionplease sign up. He probes the source of the heroic status bestowed upon an Albanian nun whose only declared wish is to serve God. In an article entitled “Mother Teresa: Aroup Chatterjee, where he took apart the myth of this modern day saint with great precision. The Good Fight Wayne Swan.

It left me disturbed for a while as I digested the information provided pozition me after years of research and hard work. Lists with This Book. I don’t think he is capable of putting himself into another person’s mind and seeing the world from any perspective but his own narrow fundamentalism.

I also don’t really understand why he would put himself in any I kinda feel you may have gone into this book with a predetermined view on the author?

The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice by Christopher Hitchens

Rough hands wrenched heads into position for feeding. The Allure of Toxic Leaders: But whereas in Dr. In her Free Inquiry article Susan Shields states: This book is for the secular or casually religious who consider the late nun as the exemplar of charity, compassion, humility, and devoutness. It’s a sobering way to temper the traditional saintly view of her.

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The rest of the book is interesting too and the author shows how Mother Teresa didn’t really worry about the poor and the sick, but wanted only to instill them her religious believes and, above all, the endurance of suffering in order to be nearer to Jesus.

Mother Teresa’s alleged false modesty, while hardly admirable, is certainly no crime. Which brings us to Hitchens’s most damaging claims against Theresa–the greater good for which she strove was not the reduction of suffering in this world, but rather preparing souls for the next one.

One thing is sure however – Mother’s outlets in poor countries do not benefit from largesse of the rich countries. It is easy to find superficial fault with Hitchens’ book. But given how much this Church allows the fanatical Mother Teresa to preach, it might be added that the call to go forth and multiply, and to take no thought for the morrow, sounds grotesque when uttered by an elderly virgin whose chief claim to reverence is that she ministers to the inevitable losers in this very lottery.

Hitchens was a polemicist and intellectual.

Is it plain naivete, as her devotees claim? This suggests they either have not read that material or do not care about it. Since poverty was also considered a virtue, little of that money could be spent either on the order or on the patients.

But the stronger argument is not that Mother Theresa was a bad person, but that she was an exemplary Catholic and that Catholic doctrine writ large is as great an evil now as it was during the Inquisition. He used the show-don’t-tell principle to illustrate his point.

She became a ‘Saint’ by serving the poor of Calcutta. And yet there’s an awful lot to be criticised.