Slate excerpts Hitchens's new anti-religion screed

I’m in blog limbo at the moment, caught between important stories that you’ve already seen elsewhere, good news that requires little or no comment, and yet another sick-making item about Rosie and the celebrity cretin to whom she’s now playing confessor. Let’s hope he means it this time.

In lieu of all that, here’s Hitch railing eloquently and obnoxiously against religion. I’m like a kid on Christmas morning! — so to speak. Don’t worry, I won’t quote it; please do skip it if the subject doesn’t interest you, although judging by the number of comments in the religion threads this week, it really, really does. There’s the link, to take or leave as you see fit.

For the record, even I find him a bit strident.

In the interests of equal time, I’ll pass along a Christian book recommendation from our pal KP — “Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony,” by Richard Bauckham. It examines the gospels from an evidentiary standpoint, to gauge how credible they are as a record of actual events. Verdict: pretty credible. The book’s only available in hardcover at the moment, though, and KP tells me it’s a pretty dense read, so caveat emptor.