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The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice

The Missionary Position Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice Among his many books perhaps none have sparked outrage than The Missionary Position Christopher Hitchens s meticulous study of the life and deeds of Mother Teresa A Nobel Peace Prize recipient beati

  • Title: The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice
  • Author: Christopher Hitchens
  • ISBN: 9781859840542
  • Page: 374
  • Format: Paperback
  • Among his many books, perhaps none have sparked outrage than The Missionary Position, Christopher Hitchens s meticulous study of the life and deeds of Mother Teresa A Nobel Peace Prize recipient beatified by the Catholic Church in 2003, Mother Teresa of Calcutta was celebrated by heads of state and adored by millions for her work on behalf of the poor In his measureAmong his many books, perhaps none have sparked outrage than The Missionary Position, Christopher Hitchens s meticulous study of the life and deeds of Mother Teresa A Nobel Peace Prize recipient beatified by the Catholic Church in 2003, Mother Teresa of Calcutta was celebrated by heads of state and adored by millions for her work on behalf of the poor In his measured critique, Hitchens asks only that Mother Teresa s reputation be judged by her actions not the other way around.With characteristic elan and rhetorical dexterity, Hitchens eviscerates the fawning cult of Teresa, recasting the Albanian missionary as a spurious, despotic, and megalomaniacal operative of the wealthy who long opposed measures to end poverty, and fraternized, for financial gain, with tyrants and white collar criminals throughout the world.

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    1. I liked this book when I read it twenty years ago, appreciating it as a wicked piece of invective. Now, though, after I have—like all of us—endured twenty years of Christian assaults on our democracy, from both Protestant dominionists and Catholic irredentists, who conceal their political daggers beneath the simple peasant cloak of morality, I respect Hitchens’ criticism of Mother Teresa much more than I did before.He shows us a woman who, although she claimed to be apolitical, never met a [...]

    2. I really didn't need to read this book to figure out that Mother Teresa was just another globalist tool and a propaganda/fundraising cash cow for the Catholic church but Missionary Position does a good job of driving that point home and giving good solid evidence to that fact. To give a few examples, the millions she took from the mega swindler Keating and never returned, her response to the Dupont chemical spill in India instead of seeking justice and calling to make Dupont acountable was telli [...]

    3. Mother Teresa is probably the last person I'd expect to be the target of an angry expose.In this short volume, Christopher Hitchens includes the following points:1. Much of the publicity around Mother Teresa is revisionistic and dubious, and her displays of humility are an act. How humble is it to claim a personal relationship with Jesus?2. Mother Teresa is about saving souls, not bodies. Her institutions are unsanitary and poorly operated despite a plethora of donations which should make better [...]

    4. Hitchens has turned his humbuggery on little old nuns. Well played, Hitchens. Well played. As much as I'd like to just keep the review at that, I feel compelled to continue with an actual review. His complaints focus on several facets of her organization. 1. While she devoted her life to helping the poor, her goal was conversion rather than actually improving the lives of the poor. 2. Despite the millions of dollars donated to her organization, she actively stood in the way of high-quality healt [...]

    5. (view spoiler)[Bettie's Books (hide spoiler)]04:09:2016: The day she was made a saint, I revisited Hell's Angel["br"]>["br"]>

    6. A forceful and convincing (if somewhat strident) destruction of the myth of Mother Teresa. Christopher Hitchens takes on quite a few angles of the ‘sacredness of Mother Teresa’.One of the most convincing is the squalor of the hospices in Calcutta and elsewhere. Very little of the donated money (and this is in the millions) goes into improving the facilities. Aspirins are the only anaesthetics provided to terminally ill patients. Needles are recycled on different patients. Unremitting sufferi [...]

    7. The Missionary Position, by the sake of its cover alone, is arguably one of the most bold polemics in recent memory. The title itself forces you to picture the wrinkled, ancient, and now deceased, woman on the cover. well, let's just say engaging in an activity that we have good reason to believe she abstained from for the entirety of her life. Let me pause while I shudder quickly. Despite the pure shock power of the title, Hitchens' originally preferred title may have been more appropriate, The [...]

    8. I enjoy reading books that plausibly and intelligently challenge commonly held beliefs. That is why I appreciated Diane Johnstone’s “Fool’s Crusade”, which questioned the almost religiously held belief that Serbia was the principal, if not only, malefactor in the Balkan wars that led to the break-up of Yugoslavia during the 1990s. Christopher Hitchen’s book “The Missionary Position” provides a powerful challenge to another belief that began in the Balkans, the Mother Teresa phenome [...]

    9. "The naive and simple are seldom as naive and simple as they seem, and this suspicion is reinforced by those who proclaim their own naïveté and simplicity. There is no conceit equal to false modesty"2018 is my year of Hitch. What a pleasure. My only quibble is at 100 pages with a large font, it is quite a bit shorter than I was expecting. Surely there was plenty more meat on the carcass for him to sink his teeth into? The Missionary Position is more an extended journal article than a book in i [...]

    10. The great polemicist Christopher Hitchens turns his attention to Agnes Bojaxhiu, aka Mother Teresa, in this searing look into her work that is universally accepted as humanitarian and above reproach. Hitchens presents an image of Teresa that is highly critical of her reputation in this brilliantly argued book on her life’s work. Hitchens recounts Teresa’s relationships with known dictators such as the Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier and his wife Michele who all but bankrupted their cou [...]

    11. This is an ambitious attempt at iconoclasm from a world-class iconoclast that is absolutely undone by the author's style of writing. From the overly catty title to the confused layout, the book is frustrating when it should be enlightening and only works for about fifteen pages in the middle when substance is finally allowed to triumph over style.Hitchens has some fantastic observations about the misguided ways in which Mother Theresa "helps" the poor but in fact just makes them suffer. Those fi [...]

    12. 2,5It was an interesting book, above all the depositions of volunteers that have worked in Mother Teresa's hospital. 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. No one knows how much money she had, but she never used it for the poor, these had to continue to suffer and to live in pover [...]

    13. 5-starsMy mind is blown. If Hitchens was right, and I know of no reason to believe otherwise, Mother Teresa was actually anything but a good person. Since I happened across this article from Hitchens, which is essentially a good overview of his book and certainly much, much better than anything I could ever write about it, I'll leave it at that. I think everyone should read it. slate/articles/news_an"I think it was Macaulay who said that the Roman Catholic Church deserved great credit for, and o [...]

    14. Hitchens died this week so I figured it was high time to read his critique of Mother Teresa. Now I'm fighting the urge to go kick some puppies as an encore. In all seriousness, however, Hitchens has written a much-needed critique. He demonstrates quite well that Mother Teresa was the consummate hypocrite when it came to pretty much everything other than abortion and contraception. She does seem to have been very consistent on those issues, although Hitchens' critique of her position suffers from [...]

    15. Having seen Hitchens in Intelligence squared, i know the force of his arguments against religion. But, even if we believe that this is a polemic and the interpretations r wrong, what of the quoted untampered facts ? Beggars belief how this lady got the Nobel Prize or was not asked to leave India and shut down her Missionaries of 'Dying'. Have had first-hand experience of how some Christian missionaries in India try to lure school-children too into reading their scriptures but many of them also p [...]

    16. The Missionary Position: 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. Hitchens's main charges against her can be grouped into three broad categories:(1) Despite being ostensibly apolitical, Mother Theresa consistently associated herself with right wing causes and despotic leaders throughout the world. She stumped against abortion at every opportunity, calling it a "threat to [...]

    17. Hitchens is to atheist science-ists what C. S. Lewis is to American Evangelical Christians. There; I got it out of my system. I've been wanting to write that sentence for a long time, but never had an excuse. I read this book and pretty much hated it. As I have done so often in the past, I tried reading one of the "new atheists" in the hopes of finding calm, dispassionate, unemotional discourse. Instead, I find petulance and nastiness take over, just like when I read any kind of fundamentalist, [...]

    18. Hitchens - brilliant in his prose, unpopular in his opinions. I will reserve my opinion on Agnes until I've read some more on the subject, preferably of the other side as well, though that might not go well with my patience.

    19. Notes: (view spoiler)[Mary Loudon, a volunteer in Calcutta who has since written extensively about the lives of nuns and religious women, has this testimony to offer about the Home for the Dying.My initial impression was of all the photographs and footage I've ever seen of Belsen and places like that, because all the patients had shaved heads. No chairs anywhere, there were just these stretcher beds. They're like First World War stretcher beds. There's no garden, no yard even. No nothing. And I [...]

    20. Today Mother Teresa was elevated to sainthood by Pope Francis. As Hitchens argues, a shallow, almost sinister, duplicity underlies her life and legacy. While the substance of Pope Francis’s papacy seems to be principled, I guess the political process of her impending sainthood was too far along and the uproar of short-circuiting it would not have been worth the effort of slowing it down. But it does provide a good excuse to reread Hitchens’s essay. Although Hitchens realized “What we have [...]

    21. Curious how quickly the semblance of saintliness affixed to Mother Teresa seems to fade with the author's careful inspection. Hitchens presents a compelling case, with references to first-hand accounts of workers who became disillusioned with the Mother's ostensibly charitable works.SPOILER ALERT NOW!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 [...]

    22. In this brief but powerful book, Hitchens lays out his case against Mother Teresa. With righteous--and seemingly rightful--indignation, he notes that she purposefully didn't take good care of the poor and sick. She valued their suffering and felt that it was in service to Jesus. In spite of an enormous cache of donations to her missionary facilities, very little was spent on tools of hygiene, medical remedies, and--most appallingly--analgesics. As if all this weren't bad enough, after letting pe [...]

    23. The fourth or fifth of his books that I have read, I find Hitchens's writing to be consistently acerbic, honed, cultured, and funny. I don't think I've ever picked up a Hitchens title without broadening my cultural perspective a bit, and without learning a new word or two, as often as not some archaic Anglo-Saxonism--case in point, "pelf", meaning "money", from the same root as "pilfer".As far as the subject of Hitchens's scrutiny goes, unlike his other two book-length polemics--on Henry Kissing [...]

    24. "Mother Teresa in theory and practice." As Hitchens points out, his aim in this little jewel is to convince people to judge her by her actions and not her reputation. And in grand Hitchens style, he proceeds to show us, through facts and witnesses willing to be named and go on the record, a woman who uses her fame to hob-nob with the evil and infamous (Charles Keating, Duvalier, Mariam of Ethiopia, Hoxha of Albania and on and on and on.) A woman who believes that people must suffer, refusing to [...]

    25. The Missionary Position does a great service in alleviating much of the hype surrounding Mother Teresa. Personally, I think she was probably a very good woman, but it's apparent that her methods in helping the poor were often misguided, to say the least. I would agree with Hitchens that, ultimately, she might have even ended up doing more harm than good. However, I think he goes too far in suggesting that Mother Teresa was motivated by power and greed. Hitchens seems to be just a little too comf [...]

    26. I happen to read 'The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice by Christopher Hitchens. But instead of putting up a Book Review - I decided to put this up as an article. Also, this will be the first ever book review I will be using someone elses' Review - Carlos Laflauta’s Review actually – which I think is brilliant. And as a bonus, give you the links to watch the documentary of Hell’s Angels -(Carlos Laflauta’s Profile on ) amazon/gp/pdp/profile/youtube/watch?v=9WQ0i3y [...]

    27. Hitchens stated that writing this book, making 'Hell's Angel' were not acts of polemical nature but something more nuanced and I take the liberty to quote the man himself, "Mother Teresa's reputation by her actions and words rather than her actions and words by her reputation". I have seen countless adoring posts in social media which claim in beautiful and affecting words the good deeds of Mother Teresa. The tales usually go like this: 'She applied ointment on lepers, who were considered untouc [...]

    28. Christopher Hitchens' book is a blistering indictment of the cult of Mother Teresa. It investigates systematically the innards of Mother Teresa's charity in Calcutta and exposes it mostly as a sham with a great chasm lying between myth and reality. Hitchens is an anti-thiest (as he likes to call himself) and so has no sympathy for religion and belief in God. Still, this book is purely a rational exercise in simply evaluating Mother Teresa's reputation by her actions and words instead of the othe [...]

    29. I really want to like Christopher Hitchens, but he kind of gives me the creeps. I had more respect for him when I first glanced at this book on my father's bookshelf (a gift from my step-father) as a teenager, before I'd had to see his rather bloated, snide personage one too many times as a guest pundit on CNN. Now, I find myself not trusting him as much as I would like to, because he makes some good points.Mother Theresa is not above criticism, and I see in this book much foreshadowing of the t [...]

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