The Portable Atheist has ratings and reviews. Christopher Hitchens continues to make the case for a splendidly godless universe in this first-ever. quotes from The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever: ‘ Owners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food and w. Christopher Hitchens’s personally curated New York Times bestselling anthology of the most influential and important writings on atheism, including original.

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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. Much of who Jesus was, and his words, are conjecture and hearsay.

This book clearly wasn’t written for the “non-believer” because it spends the entire span of the book arguing against religion and trying This would be more properly titled “The Portable Anti-Religion: Non-belief is atheistt quite unbelief, he explains.

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While An outstanding collection of essays and extracts from godless and freethinking writers throughout the ages. Kant’s Criticism of Atheism. I’ve been following him since the 80’s when he contributed regularly to The Nation. I h 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.


Thought-provoking and fascinating views on religion. We did not know that we lived on a round planet, let alone that the said planet was in orbit in a minor and obscure solar system, which was also on the edge of an unimaginably vast cosmos that was exploding away from its original source of energy. Nothing fails more than prayers.

An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion. In an inciting anthology of atheist and agnostic thought, going back to the early GreeksHitchens writes briefly about the selected essays of past and present philosophers, scientists, and other thinkers such as LucretiusBenedict de SpinozaCharles DarwinKarl MarxMark TwainGeorge EliotBertrand RussellEmma GoldmanH.

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Jun 26, Book rated it really liked it Shelves: But for confirmed atheists, the fight should not be specifically against religion. The Portable Atheist is really more of a handy reference to keep on the bookshelf, if, say, you happen to be looking for a particularly powerfully-delivered sermon on the evil tenets of the Old Testament, versus a good summer read to tote to the beach.

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But if the spirit of religion join itself to the love of wonder, there is an end of common sense; and human testimony, in these circumstances, loses all pretensions to authority. Find it on Scholar. Jan 22, Mikey B. For example, in the George Elliot entry, the author s sort of pick at the person and work of Rev.


Whether you’re an atheist, an agnostic, or just someone who appreciates fine writing, The Portable Atheist is highly recommended. Dec 21, Paul Perry rated it it was amazing Shelves: View all 22 comments. There are also some interesting discussions on Jesus. Male and female genital mutilation; the terrifying of infants with hideous fictions about guilt and hell, the wild prohibition of masturbation: I stole the following from another post and while it isn’t comprehensive, I liked it: In Defense of Atheism.

The atheists are cynical about religion but uncynical about human nature. Science Logic and Mathematics.

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The Portable Atheist is an astounding ‘tour de force’ of critical pirtable critique of Religion, citing the diverse religious arguments in detail.

The Portable Atheist

Great lucid minds hithens much needed wisdom. What a repulsive idea! View all 3 comments. Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever. He freed man from outer religiosity because he made religiosity the inner man.