[Christopher] Hitchens, of course, makes his position abundantly clear right on the cover of God Is Not Great. The subtitle says it all: How Religion Poisons Everything. Hitchens cannot bring himself to credit any religion, in any culture, at any time, with having a positive influence on humankind. Great works of Christian music, sculpture, literature—Bach’s Mass in B Minor or his St. Matthew Passion, the Hagia Sophia church in Istanbul, Milton’s Paradise Lost—or the magnificent architectural achievements of all the great religions are breezily dismissed as merely the result of civilization and cultural advances that have nothing at all to do with faith.
— David Aikman, from The Delusion of Disbelief, p. 40; quoted in The Journal, A Summit Ministries Publication, June 2008