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    Title: A book that changed the discourse of politics and religions : in the case of God Is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens
    Other Titles: 一本改變政治與宗教論述的書 : 克里斯多福 . 希鈞斯著《上帝沒什麼了不起》
    Authors: 陳英哲;Chen, Ying-Che
    Contributors: 淡江大學美洲研究所碩士班
    紀舜傑;Ji, Shun-Jie
    Keywords: 宗教;美國總統大選;克里斯多福・希鈞斯;出版;Religion;Christopher Hitchens;Presidential election;Publishing
    Date: 2016
    Issue Date: 2017-08-24 23:59:50 (UTC+8)
    Abstract: 《上帝沒什麼了不起:揭露宗教中的邪惡力量》(God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything)出版於2007年5月,作者克里斯多福・希鈞斯(Christopher Hitchens)在書中認為:宗教介入現今世界過多而帶來危險。希鈞斯於書出版前一個月成為美國公民,他特別選在他的生日4月13日,也是協助寫下許多美國政治基石,且曾任美國總統的湯瑪斯・傑佛遜(Thomas Jefferson)的生日舉行成為美國公民的儀式。
    基督教福音教派(evangelical)在政治上的影響,在二次喬治・W・布希(George W. Bush)的總統選舉中,成為媒體與大眾談論的焦點。傑佛遜(Thomas Jefferson)在《人權法案》(Bill of Rights)成為後來的《美國憲法第一條修正案》(First Amendment to the United States Constitution)中所立下的「政教分離」藩籬,在這個時間點上被挑戰,成為近代美國立國人權精神有所爭議的明確現象。
    In May 2007, British born writer Christopher Hitchens published God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, arguing that the role of religion involved in the world was getting increasingly dangerous. Hitchens became an American citizen on April 13th, his birthday which coincidentally also was Thomas Jefferson’s. Hitchens was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2010, and died in December 2011.
    During the two presidential campaigns of George W. Bush, the influence of evangelical Christian was a major topic in media and among general public. The possible breakdown of the wall between church and state set up by Thomas Jefferson in The Bill of Rights was challenged, or being compromised in the most apparent way in recent history.
    Hitchens stood for atheism, and promoted the idea in order to solve the problems that religions carry in the contemporary world. He was aware how impossible it was to make all religions disappear. In the book, Hitchens did not agree that the common belief between most democratic countries, secularism could be the solution because of the exclusiveness of religions. Although Hitchens’ book did not address directly on how the role of religion infiltrated in the politics in the U.S.; however, the success of the book sales and reviews that it inspired showed some strong evidence that the religious matter was an important key to the people’s minds when they thought of politics, which was realized in their voting behaviors.
    This research is a case study that reviews the reviews and sales records of the title. It serves duo purposes by discussing the importance of book market and publishing as part of media power; and how the reactions and discussions of the title by Hitchens reflected popular opinions as a phenomenon that religion was a matter of concern in public’s minds between 2000 and 2008.
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