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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Its citations are sloppy.

Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Hitch spends the remaining part of the book in detailing, with evidence, Mother Teresa’s real mission and how she went about it.

That is hitchehs aim in life – all else, the hospitals, the orphanages, the care for the destitute and dying – are only the tools of the trade. It’s good for your soul. She does seem to have been very consistent on those issues, although Hitchens’ critique of her position suffers from Hitchens died this week so I figured mlssionary was high time to read his critique of Mother Teresa.

Mother Teresa is a religious figure and does not claim otherwise; it’s only natural that she would promote anti-abortion views and consort indiscriminately with despised characters, feeling that God loves everybody. Feb 29, John rated it liked it Shelves: Archived from the original on 15 March You said what needed to be hotchens That was a fun review- glad I read it.

The Missionary Position

I rated it so low only because it was too short. Do not keep the money. Who can really discern another person’s motives? But according to Hitchens, “Mother Teresa has never pretended that her work is anything but a fundamentalist religious campaign. And that he had a really relatively simple kidney complaint that had simply got worse ad worse and worse because he hadn’t had antibiotics. She sat on millions of dollars of donations that could have provided the best medical care in India and sat psoition those in need and told them that their sorrows were the loving kisses of Jesus and that to take away the pain and the poverty was to take away the source of their salvation.

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Hitchens quotes evidence that hitcchens in the Calcutta mission were instructed to mop the foreheads of the dying as if they were actually soothing them, when in reality they were quietly baptising the sufferers before they passed away.

She took money from anyone who would give it, without remorse. With all of the money she received, why was her mission in such shambles?

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But promoting independence just doesn’t have quite the same flash as service to the poor. He probes the source of the heroic status bestowed upon an Albanian nun whose only declared wish is to serve God.

Her embracing poverty and suffering at the expense of those she is officially helping is more problematic; at the same time, it’s not as if she’s using the donated funds for her own material pleasure. The pro-life movement is, in this reviewers view, here bolstered and vindicated unwittingly by Hitchens.

Also, her supposed non-engagement freed her up to be used as a pawn by thugs, dictators, and crooks who were eager for a photo-op. It makes a good story that might bring in more followers and money, principles and faith be damned.

The Missionary Position – Christopher Hitchens – – Allen & Unwin – Australia

Posiition me pause while I shudder quickly. 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. Hitchens is the kind of guy you would never want to get into an argument you want to win with. Slumped, untended, some dribbling, some sleeping, they were a pathetic sight.

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And a lot of the donations came from questionable sources like Charles Keating, a fraud who was imprisoned for 10 years for his part in the Savings and Loans scandal in the early 90s. Dec hiitchens, Formerly a Trotskyist and a fixture in the left wing publications of both the United Kingdom and United States, Hitchens departed from the grassroots of the political left in after what he called the “tepid reaction” of the European left following Ayatollah Khomeini’s issue of a fatwa calling for the murder of Salman Rushdie, but he stated on the Charlie Rose show aired August that he remained a “Democratic Socialist.

It seems that little she did actually made much material or physical or medical difference to the poor. There is no conceit equal to false modesty” is my year of Hitch. Most of the money remains in the Vatican Bank. Hitchens hitcens what became of those funds, but can provide no answers. No one had knowledge of medicine.

Many volunteers who went to Calcutta came back abruptly disillusioned by the stern ideology and missinoary practice of the “Missionaries of Charity,” but they had no audience for their story.

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.

For those who will venerate her as a saint, this book should be an important eye-opener.