The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever

The Portable Atheist Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever From the New York Times best selling author of God Is Not Great a provocative and entertaining guided tour of atheist and agnostic thought through the ages with never before published pieces by Sal

From the 1 New York Times best selling author of God Is Not Great, a provocative and entertaining guided tour of atheist and agnostic thought through the ages with never before published pieces by Salman Rushdie, Ian McEwan, and Ayaan Hirsi Ali Christopher Hitchens continues to make the case for a splendidly godless universe in this first ever gathering of the influentiaFrom the 1 New York Times best selling author of God Is Not Great, a provocative and entertaining guided tour of atheist and agnostic thought through the ages with never before published pieces by Salman Rushdie, Ian McEwan, and Ayaan Hirsi Ali Christopher Hitchens continues to make the case for a splendidly godless universe in this first ever gathering of the influential voices past and present that have shaped his side of the current and raging God no god debate With Hitchens as your erudite and witty guide, you ll be led through a wealth of philosophy, literature, and scientific inquiry, including generous portions of the words of Lucretius, Benedict de Spinoza, Charles Darwin, Karl Marx, Mark Twain, George Eliot, Bertrand Russell, Emma Goldman, H L Mencken, Albert Einstein, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and many others well known and lesser known And they re all set in context and commented upon as only Christopher Hitchens political and literary journalist extraordinaire can Los Angeles Times Atheist Believer Uncertain No matter The Portable Atheist will speak to you and engage you every step of the way.

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The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever

  1. Christopher Hitchens Titus Lucretius Carus Omar Khayyám Thomas Hobbes Baruch Spinoza David Hume James Boswell Percy Bysshe Shelley says:
    Christopher Eric Hitchens was an English born American author, journalist and literary critic He was a contributor to Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, World Affairs, The Nation, Slate, Free Inquiry and a variety of other media outlets Hitchens was also a political observer, whose best selling books the most famous being God Is Not Great made him a staple of talk shows and lecture circuits He was also a media fellow at the Hoover Institution.Hitchens was a polemicist and intellectual While he was once identified with the Anglo American radical political left, near the end of his life he embraced some arguably right wing causes, most notably the Iraq War Formerly a Trotskyist and a fixture in the left wing publications of both the United Kingdom and United States, Hitchens departed from the grassroots of the political left in 1989 after what he called the tepid reaction of the European left following Ayatollah Khomeini s issue of a fatwa calling for the murder of Salman Rushdie, but he stated on the Charlie Rose show aired August 2007 that he remained a Democratic Socialist The September 11, 2001 attacks strengthened his embrace of an interventionist foreign policy, and his vociferous criticism of what he called fascism with an Islamic face He is known for his ardent admiration of George Orwell, Thomas Paine and Thomas Jefferson, and for his excoriating critiques of Mother Teresa, Henry Kissinger and Bill Clinton.Hitchens was an anti theist, and he described himself as a believer in the Enlightenment values of secularism, humanism, and reason enpedia wiki Christop

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  1. THE UNAPPEALING ATHEIST PROPOSITIONOne early medieval story says that humans are like a bird who flies in one window of a great hall where a vast banquet is in progress The bird only has time to catch a glimpse of all the festivities before it flies out of the other window That s us we rapidly pass from non existence to non existence Is that going to be a message many people want to hear No Is that why religion with its vivid promises of afterlife joy for you, and, hopefully, misery for your ene [...]

  2. Hitchens is one of the wittiest men of our time, and as a great writer, his taste is impeccable.I love reading essays and short pieces, but it becomes a problem when I find collections that I don t particularly like, because I don t want to buy a collection for a single essay.That is not a problem with Hitchens, who combines the fundamental originators of the atheist thought, with the writings of Hume and Spinoza, with the great leaders of the modern atheist movement, including a few essays from [...]

  3. I would not call myself an atheist, but a some of what is collected in this book rings true to me However, like most atheist philosophy there is much to be desired Much of the counter points favoring the non existence of god s can be boiled down into 1 God does not exist because there is no evidence.2 God does not exist because there is evil in the world.3 God does not exist because bad people have embellished on the myths 4 God does not exist because there are too many gods both past and presen [...]

  4. Loved the guy He lived in my neighborhood and lumbered around like a bear that had been poked by a stick I ve been following him since the 80 s when he contributed regularly to The Nation His contributions to Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy and Prospect were invaluable, his prose inimitable.But when it comes to spiritual beliefs the guy was a cretin.For all his erudition he never grokked that many humans have a desire to worship something outside themselves and that desire or need does [...]

  5. Although, as can only be expected, it is missing some crucial works, and allows for only small excerpts of others, it an excellent collection overall The first third of the book will allow you to understand the philosophical intellectual history of atheism agnosticism Lucretius c 60 BCE , Hobbes, Spinoza, Hume, Mill, Marx, Eliot, Darwin, Twain, Freud, Einstein, Orwell, and Russell The rest of the book has modern and recent arguments, that I believe are systematic and convincing My favorites 1 [...]

  6. Page 363 my book St Augustine There is another form of temptation, even fraught with danger This is the disease of curiosity It is this which drives us to try and discover the secrets of nature which are beyond our understanding, which can avail us nothing, and which man should not wish to learn These 47 essays are chronologically arranged from Lucretius to the 21st century But over two thirds of the essays are from 1900 onwards One does get a history of atheism, and how, even to this day, it i [...]

  7. The Portable Atheist Essential Readings for the Nonbelieveris a collection of essays by various authors who have addressed the topic of atheism and or agnosticism throughout the years Although there are a few gems to be found Hitchen s introduction, essays by Sigmund Freud and Mark Twain, Salman Rushdie to name a few , most of the articles are pure drudgery written by long winded philosophers who appear to have been paid by the word or page I particularly hated the section from Einstein, which c [...]

  8. Christopher Hitchens, why so angry This is an interesting collection of essays, fiction, articles and arguments, compiled by the acidic and immature Hitchens When Hitchens is NOT speaking, this proves evocative reading When he is, it s annoying like listening to a teenage girl on a cell phone on the train fighting with her boyfriend of the week about I know you are, but what am I Shut up no you shut up you stupidhead meanyperson.

  9. Although I am certainly not an atheist, I enjoyed the book Liked having a selection of Atheist readings with the additional comments of the author, a renowned atheist himself I gave the book 3 stars because, well, not being an atheist, I found the book lacking on several levels First, the words the jump to my mind after reading this book are, holier than thou, dogmatic, exclusive, and well, many others that are used by atheists against people of faith What strikes me as hilarious, none of the ph [...]

  10. The late Christopher Hitchens was a tremendous wit and man of letters, as well as an effective political and religious polemicist This is a collection of some of the greatest Atheistic, or at least skeptical writings, selected and abridged by Hitchens with short introductions to each as well as a longer opening introduction While that longer essay is a bit of a period piece not up to the standard of most of Hitchens writing, his shorter intros are delightful His choices range from classical Lucr [...]

  11. Religion is the most perverse ,dangerous and destructive force in the world,and even God,s favorite David of the bible implored open mine eyes lord, so that I will know thee with my heart ,mind ,and whole beingSo this call to use your mind and critically examine,both the argument for and against religion,is wise councilAnd I have spend than 40 years in earnest search for the truthI have broken the shackles of religion,and the freedom of atheism is highly recommendedThis important book will help [...]

  12. This would be properly titled The Portable Anti Religion Essential Readings for the Angry Atheist I really despise books and arguments that portend to be atheistic but are really just arguments against religion When you are arguing to be atheistic, you should start from the assumption of atheism, instead of spending a whole volume arguing against it This book clearly wasn t written for the non believer because it spends the entire span of the book arguing against religion and trying to convince [...]

  13. Lot of insights from the notions of several great thinkers Irrespective of your views on Atheism, it s essential to read through some of the essays to get a lot better ideas and visions on life Hitchens was surely a great person with his sheer witty erudite personality Since my inception on curiously knowing about the world mostly western, which I was oblivious of I had found a lot of wonderful, wiser brave persons.Glad this book actually helped me find This book contains 47 essays of people wh [...]

  14. An outstanding collection of essays and extracts from godless and freethinking writers throughout the ages Amongst the highlights are the pamphlet for which Shelly was thrown out of university and contributions from Bertrand Russell, Mark Twain, Thomas Jefferson and Tom Paine Some, such as Thomas Hardy and HL Mencken consign gods to the grave of history, while others argue strong cases for a morality that does not rely on the promise of reward or the threat of punishment from a creator While som [...]

  15. This compendium will last a while, but dipping in here and there seems the best approach There are some interesting essays from the early part of the last century that were important in convincing my father to get over believing in god s.I wasn t planning on buying the book, but just happened to be browsing it at Powell s when my friend Chris Faatz, one of our great free range intellectuals and a Buddhist , stopped to say hello He knew the book and pointed several essays that recommends I was so [...]

  16. The Portable Atheist is an astounding tour de force of critical writer s critique of Religion, citing the diverse religious arguments in detail.Containing 47 selections from some very famous and non famous people on the value of atheism, this book is indeed a storehouse of many thought provoking pieces, including a brilliant 14 page fiery introduction by Christopher Hitchens.Hitchens takes liberty in introducing us to each contributing piece in this provocative and entertaining guided tour of at [...]

  17. In The Portable Atheist, Hitchens has assembled a surprisingly diverse collection of first rate writing by non believers From medieval poets and enlightenment philosophers, to twentieth century scientists, this is most definitely not 500 pages of people saying the same thing in the same way Representing a broad sweep of styles and perspectives science, politics, philosophy, poetry, autobiography, literature, and about the only thing they have in common is their willingness to stand up and chall [...]

  18. I suppose that the first, and most important, thing to say is that I recommend this book to everyone I already feel like I have forgotten so much of it that I want to start over again I stole the following from another post and while it isn t comprehensive, I liked it 1 Hume He takes the idea of miracles to task 2 Mill Rationally explains his lack of faith 3 Marx Ever wondered what the opium of the people really means 4 Mencken A witty memorial service to all the dead gods 5 Einstein Always one [...]

  19. Thanks to two nights with no sleep, I had the sufficient time on consecutive two nights to read this elegantly written book that never ceased to surprise me to the very end.I would recommend it to anyone interested on the subject, not depending on at what level they may come informed on this very broad topic The book is so well written by a person who is or was one of the undisputedly I presume best minds of our times that it would equally appeal to a curios reader looking for an interesting sum [...]

  20. This is an outstanding compendium of human thought It s difficult to comment on it since it is comprised of dozens of essays contributions from ancient to present One nice aspect is that many of them are short, even a few pages, so you can read an essay and close the book with a sense of completion before opening it up a few days later With a novel that s hard, at least for me, because it disturbs the flow of the story No matter what one s beliefs are pantheist, panentheist, theist, athiest, agn [...]

  21. I d been avoiding reading this as I didn t want to hear him whingeing on about how oppressed he feels as an atheist or whatever, but I was pleasantly surprised that you don t hear much from him beyond the introduction It s a collection of atheist ish writing from great thinkers throughout history and is really well put together I found it easier to get into some than others skipped past some but some lovely stuff I particularly enjoyed the Omar Khayyam section, which was just beautiful I have th [...]

  22. Some thoughts from reading snippets of this tome for my job .1 At 500 pages and a few pounds, this is anything but portable 2 For people who don t believe in a God, they spend an awful lot of time and energy talking about Him.3 If this is a true representation of atheists, then they are egotistical, arrogant, vile, cruel, hate filled, and generally depressive people.

  23. It s hard to rate a compilation of essays and excerpts My favorite 5 star sections were by Mark Twain, Emma Goldman, H.P Lovecraft, Carl Sagan, Richard Dawkins, and Ayaan Hirsi Ali I also liked Ibn Warraq s section from Why I Am Not a Muslim I know little about Islam aside from propaganda and the selections from the Koran were eye opening Interesting bunch of heretical writings.

  24. i ve avoided this type of book for years, thinking that it would just be preaching to the choir as it were and that i wouldn t really get much out of it turns out that i have a lot to learn this is like a primer for skeptics, agnostics, and atheists.

  25. The Portable Atheist Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever edited by Christopher Hitchens The Portable Atheist is the philosophical journey of atheist thought through time The late great Christopher Hitchens selects forty seven essays by some of the most influential atheist agnostic minds This 528 page book is composed of forty seven essays by some of the most influential atheists agnostics including heavyweights like Einstein, Sagan, Russell, Darwin, Twain, Hume, Spinoza, Mill, Dawkins, Harris [...]

  26. Ugh I wrote an entire review and then it got deleted before I could save it.Okay, quick points then First This volume and a lot of the other work of the new atheists are extremely useful to those who are halfway between belief and unbelief This books has the dissections of scripture the contradictions, the immoralities, the absurdities which, for someone who hasn t been convinced to leave religion behind, would be eye opening But for confirmed atheists, the fight should not be specifically again [...]

  27. The Portable Atheist Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever, compiled by Christopher Hitchens, is not a novel, as such, but a collection of essays, quotes and short critiques on the subject of religion and god s , written by notable figures across the centuries TPA will quickly get you in touch with dozens of the world s most influential nonbelievers of the past and present, rather than having to scour a myriad of books in order to find their essays all thanks to Hitchens.Among the essayists cho [...]

  28. I sought out this book because the bits of writing I d seen in the past by Christopher Hitchens were extremely insightful and articulate, and to honor his recent passing away I figured it was time to read one of his works Only upon checking out this book from the library did I unfortunately realize that this is a compilation of a variety of authors writings on non belief, with a foreword by Hitchens at the start as well as brief contextual prefaces to each individual piece I decided the book was [...]

  29. If you read about atheism, you are probably familiar with the work of the late Christopher Hitchens, and his most famous contemporaries, Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and Dan Dennett In The Portable Atheist, Hitchens offers readers the opportunity to expand their horizons with an anthology containing 47 essays and excerpts on unbelief Dawkins, Harris and Dennett are all represented, but Hitchens selections range from Greek philosophy Lucretius to English poetry Thomas Hardy, Philip Larkin to moder [...]

  30. The Portable Atheist is a compilation of extracts from the canons of many famous philosophers, scientists, and writers 47 in all , assembled by Christopher Hitchens Each has a short introduction by Hitchens providing a little context for the choice, which I found far less intrusive than Richard Dawkin s efforts for the Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing.I read this just after reading Christian Evangelist Michael Ots What Kind of God, and I m sure that I feel in my core the same wonder and pea [...]

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