The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice | Criticism

This literature criticism consists of approximately 9 pages of analysis & critique of The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice.
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SOURCE: Kempton, Murray. “The Shadow Saint.” New York Review of Books (11 July 1996): 4–5.

In the following review of The Missionary Position, Kempton agrees with Hitchens's negative criticism of Mother Teresa.

Eric Partridge has informed us that “the missionary position” is an expression of South Sea islander coinage. If Christopher Hitchens did not share the widespread misapprehension of blasphemous intent in his grand remonstrance against Mother Teresa, he could scarcely have chosen to present it under a rubric so resounding with echoes of pagan disdain for piety's disabling effect upon investigative curiosity.

Hitchens would have little cause to boast or blush if he were indeed the blasphemer that he mistakes himself to be. It is by no means a certainty that blasphemy is a trespass that much disesteemed by the Maker of Heaven and Earth. His complaints to Isaiah against the stiflings of His nostrils by incense powerfully suggest zests...

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