The Missionary Position

The Missionary Position

Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice

Book - 2012
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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.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : Signal/McClelland & Stewart, [2012]
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780771039188
Branch Call Number: 271.97 HIT 2012
Characteristics: xxi, 105 pages ; 20 cm


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Dec 30, 2017

This is a short book and a very eye-opening one. Dispells many of the myths of this so-called saint that most folks took at face value, without any critical thinking. Along with his book 'god is not great' Hitchens should be required reading.

Sep 08, 2016

John Waters' review of this book was simply, "Hilariously mean." I think that about sums it up.

Feb 05, 2016

Hitchens is the most honest journalist and always the skeptic. So many people are cynical instead of realizing that Mother Teresa was fast tracked for sainthood, and was the least saintly. She was a phony her entire life and only lined the Catholic Church's pockets with donations by preying on the poor and dying. This is a book for all ages to ensure children do not simply trust a person because she is a nun; it helps everybody to think more critically about others' claims.

redban Jul 31, 2014

The critique that religious charity can be helping poverty instead of helping the poor is enthralling. Many would reference Hitchens' other works against religion, but I'd also recommend his attacks on Kissinger and Clinton. Also related: I tried reading Kisses from Katie, a memoir about religious charity. What a strange book, I do admire Katie's sacrifices, but so many of the ideas were torturously mind-numbing! It became so unbearable that I stopped reading a quarter of the way through. Seriously, God gave the suffering people the opportunity to suffer so they can experience how great it is to be rescued by you?!?!? I know, that ironically sounds Satanic, but numerous insane proclamations like that one littered the book. I hope somehow she was writing in code and I just misinterpreted all that holy trash, because that is downright disturbing. But one cannot blame Katie, that would be like blaming a soldier for a war. Mother Teresa is different, given her political and economic powers. She is also much more blatant on her views against the empowerment of women (here, she doesn't cherry-pick which religious doctrines to follow, unlike many religious sheeple who must be either illiterate or have memory problems as they do not seem to even know their own religion... and when they do know and follow the entirety of their religion they are zealots... hmmm....). Polluted thinking in the minds of the powerless may remain benign, but it is dangerous in the minds of the powerful. As Hitchens once wrote: [Beware the irrational, however seductive. Shun the transcendent and all who invite you to subordinate or annihilate yourself. Distrust compassion; prefer dignity for yourself and others.]

May 26, 2014

At about 100 pages this book is an easy read. It is a 'rational critique' by Hitchens on an otherwise widely accepted, and loved, saint. Picking on this diminutive woman took both courage and wit. And Hitchens has done a great job is exposing the fraud in this well-known religious figure.

May 08, 2014

Reference: .... . also, look for
“The Misery of Christianity, or, A Plea for a Humanity Without God” in the original German: “Das Elend des Christentums”
by Joachim Kahl 1941- ....preface by Gerhard Szczesny ..... translated by N.D. Smith ... published by Penguin in 1971, ISBN: 0140213244
Wikipedia article:

Rich167 Mar 25, 2013

Christopher Hitchens,as i heard? even funnier on "god is not great".

Oct 13, 2010

Why are "holds not allowed on this title"?

Sep 10, 2010

I wouldn't have thought that a book exposing the myth of Mother Teresa could be so funny!

May 21, 2010

An accurate explanation of Mother Teresa being nothing more than a deceptive fraud.

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