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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I’ve been wanting to write that sentence for a long time, but never had an excuse. This led to far more suffering than was necessary, and made what should have been minor issues life-threatening due to infection that went untreated. It’s a boon to his work as an essayist, but it’s the reason his books are all slight, pithy, and dense. In a rational and secular age it is important that polemicists such as Hitchens go to the trouble of highlighting the deficiencies excused, or simply unseen, which taint the endeavours of faithful p Curious how quickly the semblance of saintliness affixed to Mother Teresa seems to fade with the author’s careful inspection.

Therefore, 4 stars it will be. With a smile, Mother Teresa told the camer what she told this terminal patient: She has herself purposely blurred the supposed distinction between the sacred and the profane, to say nothing of the line that separates the sublime from the ridiculous.

Despite the pure shock power of the title, Hitchens’ originally preferred title may have been more appropriate, The Sacred Cow. Murdoch’s Pirates Neil Chenoweth. Retrieved 27 March It is sad that her reputation stopped any serious investigation of her methods or motivations.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. She lived with them in the Bronx, Rome, and San Francisco.

Theresa had no interest in alleviating suffering because she believed suffering is good. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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The Missionary Position

I think the world is being much helped by the suffering of the poor people. I happen to read ‘The Missionary Position: View all 5 comments.

In an attempt to make her look like one who cares little for population growth Hitchens puts his faulty understanding of world population and the proper means of maintaining it posiiton display.

Seeing the pain caused by the blunt needles, some of the volunteers offered to procure more needles, but the sisters refused. A healthy dose of realism would do them good, and Hitchens is the man who inconsistently offers just the right amount. The response was in the negative, according to Father Brian Kolodiejchuk, the Canadian midsionary who has acted as postulator or advocate for the “canonization.

But whereas in Dr. You can see a nice overview in the “Criticism” section of her Wikipedia page. Daniel Saleh I kinda feel hitvhens 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

This doesn’t really appear to be something disputed by Theresa’s defenders. The second group of objections definitely has more validity. That is her aim in life – all else, the hospitals, the orphanages, the care for the destitute and dying – are only the tools of the trade. Apr 09, Chuck rated it it was amazing Shelves: If these are our concerns, then the evidence Hitchens presents is damning. Hitchens’ writing is sharp and on-target, and he certainly makes an interesting case.

Hitchens dances around this, but never quite nails it. But could Theresa not have tended both the bodies and souls of the dying? And, in her own words, faced with a choice between Galileo and the authority of the Inquisition, she would have sided with the Church authorities!!!!! At what point—her apologists might want to permit themselves this little tincture of skepticism—does such association cease to be coincidental? The faithful will no doubt find loopholes in all of them: Breaking News Paul Barry.

Mother Theresa in Theory and Practice is Christopher Hitchens’s little polemic against Mother Theresa, and let’s just say that the old bird doesn’t come out too well.

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She valued their suffering and felt that it was in service to Jesus. The New York Times. Mother Theresa was a calculating money-making-machine who knew exactly what she was doing. Well they could, but it would hardly be credible.

Or to put it more simply – when do we start calling a spade a spade? It also used to be that an apparatus of inquiry was set in train, including the scrutiny of an advocatus diaboli or ‘devil’s advocate,’ to test any extraordinary claims. It’s the sheer tawdriness that strikes the eye first of all.

For those who will venerate her as a saint, this book should be an important eye-opener. Anyway, happy new year! So collect millions in the name of the suffering poor; just don’t spend it on relieving their pain or restoring their dignity. Ever since Something Beautiful for Godthe critic of Mother Teresa, in small things as well as in great ones, has had to operate against an enormous weight posittion received opinion, a weight made no easier to shift by the fact that positioon is made up, quite literally, of illusion.

Hitchens has some fantastic observations about the misguided ways in which Mother Theresa “helps” the poor but in fact just makes them suffer. Hitchens’s main charges against her can be grouped into three broad categories: It used to be that a person could not even be nominated for ‘beatification,’ the first step to ‘sainthood,’ until five years after his or her death.

Hitchens seems to be just a little too comfortable thinking the worst of her in any given situation.