The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice

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Verso, 1995 - Biography & Autobiography - 98 pages
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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.

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"by the people equally true, by the philosopher as equally false and by the magistrate as equally useful" It revolts me to have seen not a whiff of any but the people's version of Mother Teresa in my ... Read full review

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With "The Missionary Position," Christopher Hitchens bends over the infamous ghoul of Calcutta and delivers a hard-as-nails Hitchslap to Mother Teresa's legacy that few ever dared or had the courage to challenge at the time. Needless to say, Hitchen's sting leaves a mark that rubs raw. Read full review



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Page ix - Philosophers stretch the meaning of words until they retain scarcely anything of their original sense. They give the name of "God" to some vague abstraction which they have created for themselves; having done so they can pose before all the world as deists, as believers in God...

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Christopher Hitchens is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and the author of the best-selling God Is Not Great. His books published by Verso include The Trial of Henry Kissinger, No One Left to Lie To, The Missionary Position, Unacknowledged Legislation, The Parthenon Marbles, Hostage to History, and more.

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