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The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa In Theory & Practice Book - £6.64 Delivered @ Amazon

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Product Description "Who would be so base as to pick on a wizened, shrivelled old lady, well stricken in years, who has consecrated her entire life to the needy and destitute? On the other hand, who…
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"Who would be so base as to pick on a wizened, shrivelled old lady, well stricken in years, who has consecrated her entire life to the needy and destitute? On the other hand, who would be so incurious as to leave unexamined the influence and motives of a woman who once boasted of operating more than five hundred convents in upwards of 105 countries - "without counting India"? Lone self-sacrificing zealot, or chair of a missionary multinational?" Recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, feted by politicians, the Church and the world's media, Mother Teresa of Calcutta appears to be on the fast track to sainthood. But what, asks Christopher Hitchens, makes Mother Teresa so divine? 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 bestowed upon an Albanian nun whose only declared wish is to serve God. He asks whether Mother Teresa's good works answer any higher purpose than the need of the world's privileged to see someone, somewhere, doing something for the Third World. 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. How should we relate to Mother? As an essential salve to the conscience of the rich West, or an expert PR machine for the Catholic Church? In its caustic iconoclasm and unsparing wit, The Missionary Position confirms Christopher Hitchens as one of today's most devastating polemicists.

About the Author
Christopher Hitchens is a journalist living in Washington. He writes the 'Cultural Elite' column for Vanity Fair and the 'Minority Report' column for The Nation. His other books include Blood, Class and Nostalgia: Anglo-American Ironies, International Territory: Official Utopia and the United Nations 1945-95 (with Adam Bartos), and For the Sake of Argument: Essays and Minority Reports.

A quick read and have no regrets with my purchase. This will anger some people but what's to fear from reading a book and educating yourself with more information, it's up to you how you process it, nobody forces you into how you should use the information in a book do they......
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#1
Grant079
This will anger some people but what's to fear from reading a book and educating yourself with more information,
Since you have 'educated yourself' with this book perhaps you'd like to share with us how and who you have consulted to confirm that the material within the book is factual?
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Blasphemous
Grant079
This will anger some people but what's to fear from reading a book and educating yourself with more information,
Since you have 'educated yourself' with this book perhaps you'd like to share with us how and who you have consulted to confirm that the material within the book is factual?


I used the same people who confirmed everything in the bible.
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I have read chunks of this book and a few other things on line. If half what I have read is true she really was a twisted piece of work and the sooner she is forgotten about the better.
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presterjohn71
I have read chunks of this book and a few other things on line. If half what I have read is true she really was a twisted piece of work and the sooner she is forgotten about the better.


Not forgotten but no longer worshipped or regarded as a saint, we need her true memory to show how religion can poison.
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You're avoiding the question Grant. I simply asked who/how you have confirmed the text to be factual? For instance, how do we know if Bojaxhiu (Mother Teresa), dealt with businessmen, dictators, politicians etc in ANY capacity? Whether it be in pursuit of celebrity and/or donations?

There is little doubting Hitchens capacity to write. Indeed he is an accomplished wordsmith. Why he has chosen to go at the Catholic Church is his business but I for one like to see substance and basis for something before I feel I have 'educated' myself. One major flaw that Hitchens failed to outline (and for reasons that it would blow his book to pieces in my opinion), is that when asked about her 'celebrity' and 'saintliness', Bojaxhiu always stated that she didn't think she deserved the title/treatment or indeed that she should be beatified after her death. This is a woman who went out to help those less fortunate than herself and to do that she was wise enough to realise she would have to court the attention of businessmen, dictators, politicians etc. Perhaps she used her 'celebrity' to do that? But if that makes her some kind of self righteous wannabe then I think the world is a very sad place.

AND please Grant, for the sake of yourself more than anything else, don't try and qualify your position with a link to a site called 'Mad Mikes America'!
Their own website tells us:

Readers who viewed this page, also viewed:
* Rugby is coming to the USA
* Man killed by his own cock!
* Todd Palin sex scandal with prostitute

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Edited By: Blasphemous on Feb 26, 2011 22:20: .
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For instance, how do we know if Bojaxhiu (Mother Teresa), dealt with businessmen, dictators, politicians etc in ANY capacity? Whether it be in pursuit of celebrity and/or donations?


Any self research will easily prove this. Its standard knowledge. Too many people take one side of a story (usually the side that appeals to them most) as fact and shun any other information contradictory to their belief, too few people look for all the information from all sides before making a personal and rational judgement.

One major flaw that Hitchens failed to outline (and for reasons that it would blow his book to pieces in my opinion), is that when asked about her 'celebrity' and 'saintliness', Bojaxhiu always stated that she didn't think she deserved the title/treatment or indeed that she should be beatified after her death.


You obviously havent read the book fully.
#8
Grant079
[quote=]You obviously havent read the book fully.
Not so obvious but.... you're wrong.

AND you STILL haven't told us how you qualified the information in the book. I'm fascinated with your turn of phrase. What is 'standard knowledge'? Is that the information that you claim can 'educate'. Well yes I suppose if 'education' is the process of simply filling your mind with anything you read and accepting it as fact then yeah, that's 'education'.


Edited By: Blasphemous on Feb 26, 2011 22:28
#9
What is 'standard knowledge'? Is that the information that you claim can 'educate'.
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Ah...no!

Well yes I suppose if 'education' is the process of simply filling your mind with anything you read and accepting it as fact then yeah, that's 'education'.
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No thats religion.
#10
Not so obvious but.... you're wrong.
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Then it is pointless debating with you as you have already shown you have a real lack of interpretation and have clearly not processed what you have read.
#11
You're not very good at answering questions, I can tell. Perhaps you're over qualified?

Whatever the reason, I'll not waste any more of my time on your ignorance. Apparently it is 'bliss' though so one can only assume that your world is utterly euphoric!
#12
I wouldn't mind reading this to find out what it says, but I wouldn't want to pay for it, i imagine more "pen and teller ****" ****
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If the book suggests she was not who we all thought of her to be..then maybe the author should go and do what he suggests she didnt..maybe donate all proceeds of this book to a worthy cause??

Rule 1 to sell a book..make it controversial with or without any basis.
#14
Blasphemous
You're not very good at answering questions, I can tell. Perhaps you're over qualified?Whatever the reason, I'll not waste any more of my time on your ignorance. Apparently it is 'bliss' though so one can only assume that your world is utterly euphoric!

" I'll not waste any more of my time " THANK CHRIST FOR THAT!!
#15
pot_belly
Blasphemous
You're not very good at answering questions, I can tell. Perhaps you're over qualified?Whatever the reason, I'll not waste any more of my time on your ignorance. Apparently it is 'bliss' though so one can only assume that your world is utterly euphoric!


" I'll not waste any more of my time " THANK CHRIST FOR THAT!!
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Cheaper by a penny here:

http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/book/9781859840542/The-Missionary-Position?gbase=true&utm_medium=Google&utm_campaign=Base&utm_source=UK&utm_content=The-Missionary-Position

You could always be generous and give that penny to charity but make sure you choose the charity carefully - there's a lot of fraudsters about it seems. ;)
#17
You're not very good at answering questions, I can tell. Perhaps you're over qualified?

Whatever the reason, I'll not waste any more of my time on your ignorance. Apparently it is 'bliss' though so one can only assume that your world is utterly euphoric!

good point - it is easy to say stuff , logical answers - well ..... who else does what she did
#18
When we examine a political structure that does not allow criticism of itself we often label it as despotism or fascism. When we embrace a religion that deems criticism of itself as blasphemy we don’t necessarily apply the same distain.

I have the book, and have read half of it so far. It’s interesting, but like any book on the subject of religion – or its icons – should be read with a critical eye. Worth the money for the mental stimulation, and lets face it there is less and less on the telly that generates such controversy.
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Blasphemous
You're avoiding the question Grant. I simply asked who/how you have confirmed the text to be factual? For instance, how do we know if Bojaxhiu (Mother Teresa), dealt with businessmen, dictators, politicians etc in ANY capacity? Whether it be in pursuit of celebrity and/or donations?

There is little doubting Hitchens capacity to write. Indeed he is an accomplished wordsmith. Why he has chosen to go at the Catholic Church is his business but I for one like to see substance and basis for something before I feel I have 'educated' myself. One major flaw that Hitchens failed to outline (and for reasons that it would blow his book to pieces in my opinion), is that when asked about her 'celebrity' and 'saintliness', Bojaxhiu always stated that she didn't think she deserved the title/treatment or indeed that she should be beatified after her death. This is a woman who went out to help those less fortunate than herself and to do that she was wise enough to realise she would have to court the attention of businessmen, dictators, politicians etc. Perhaps she used her 'celebrity' to do that? But if that makes her some kind of self righteous wannabe then I think the world is a very sad place.

AND please Grant, for the sake of yourself more than anything else, don't try and qualify your position with a link to a site called 'Mad Mikes America'!
Their own website tells us:

Readers who viewed this page, also viewed:
* Rugby is coming to the USA
* Man killed by his own cock!
* Todd Palin sex scandal with prostitute

http://www.easyfreesmileys.com/smileys/free-rolleye-smileys-323.gif





You don't know what you are talking about with regard to MadMikesAmerica. Your arrogance is overwhelming. Had you spent more time on that site, instead of immediately dismissing it as beneath you, you would have discovered it to be an intellectual and entertaining place to visit.

I have been visiting it since it opened and some of the articles rival those of themore "highbrow' web magazines and newspapers.. Secondly they have a rather cosmopolitan, talented writing staff, including two from the UK.

In conclusion, before you condemn, at least take the time to inform yourself. Your immediate condemnation of a web magazine without spending time there speaks volumes about you.
#20
johnnywalker
You don't know what you are talking about with regard to MadMikesAmerica.
I didn't make any comment with regard to the site. I merely alluded to it. How you have chosen to interpret that is you're prerogative.

johnnywalker
Your arrogance is overwhelming.
Is it? And how does the arrogance that you insist I possess, actually 'overwhelm' exactly?

johnnywalker
Had you spent more time on that site, instead of immediately dismissing it as beneath you, you would have discovered it to be an intellectual and entertaining place to visit.
What you find entertaining and/or intellectually stimulating and what I find entertaining/intellectually stimulating may or may not be entirely agreeable, that doesn't make your choices any better/worse than mine does it?

johnnywalker
I have been visiting it since it opened and some of the articles rival those of themore "highbrow' web magazines and newspapers.. Secondly they have a rather cosmopolitan, talented writing staff, including two from the UK.
That's entirely your choice/opinion but I fail to see what your choices/opinions have to do with my choices/opinions.

johnnywalker
In conclusion, before you condemn, at least take the time to inform yourself. Your immediate condemnation of a web magazine without spending time there speaks volumes about you.
Yes I see what you mean. The problem with 'assumption' is it can so easily be wrong can't it? A bit like your assumption that I have never visited MadMikesAmerica before this thread came about. That I have never read articles on the site, etc..... Yes I see how assumption may be wrong sometimes. Do you think that perhaps you may have assumed a little too quickly?

Edited By: Blasphemous on Mar 01, 2011 11:36
#21
So the guy that hasnt either really read this book or read it and somehow failed to comprehend it has come back. You have once again provided a pointless post. Remember saying this -
For instance, how do we know if Bojaxhiu (Mother Teresa), dealt with businessmen, dictators, politicians etc in ANY capacity? Whether it be in pursuit of celebrity and/or donations?
- have you now woken up and realised the answer?
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Mother's day :|

A friend of mine went out to India and ended up working in one of her institutions 25 yrs ago. We were all very shocked by what she told us when she came back but in the days before the internet, what many witnessed went nowhere. The catholic PR continued to spout her virtues.

My friend was a changed person when she came back, left her catholic church (she was seriously considering becoming a nun around this time). Loads of problems wirh her family who refused to accept anything negative about MTeresa.

My friend is still a wonderful nurse, mum and grandmother and she has also fostered loads of children and is still involved in a project that supports homeless teenagers. She would probably describe herself as atheist and sees religion as having no relevance in her life.

I can confirm that what she told me all those years ago, was in this book, it was quite chilling to hear it again from other sources. She feels vindicated by her family, many of whom are no longer catholics now either.

Hitchins is a great writer and I don't agree with all that he says. This book however appears to be quite accurate in it's protrayal



Edited By: iglimpse on Apr 03, 2011 11:52: FFS

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