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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The universe has existed for some 14 billion years. Lot of insights from the notions of several great thinkers. His choices range from classical The late Christopher Hitchens was a tremendous wit and man of chrisropher, as well as an effective political and religious polemicist. I have been waiting for a thousand years to be able to say this! He knew the book and pointed several essays that recommends. But though, in proceeding by this wtheist, we readily hotchens any fact which is unusual and incredible in an ordinary degree; yet in advancing farther, the mind observes not always the same rule; but when anything is affirmed utterly absurd and miraculous, it rather the more readily admits of such a fact, upon account of that very circumstance, which ought to destroy all its authority.

And some of the earlier passages I just couldn’t understand while reading them, written in an inaccessible Middle English or whatever, so I skipped over them to the next one. And this goes so far, that even those who cannot enjoy this pleasure immediately, nor can believe those miraculous events, of which they are informed, yet love to partake of the satisfaction at secondhand or by rebound, and place a pride and delight in exciting the admiration of others.


Yet this is precisely the qualification which the godly must claim—so modestly and so humbly—to possess. Hitchens wrote introductions to each article he compiled for the book. 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.

The bird only has time to catch a glimpse of all the festivities before it flies out of the other window. Also welcome in this volume are selected writings by Albert Einstein, whose eleven pages of letters and notes remove any lingering doubt about his repudiation of a god that christopehr an interest in human affairs.

Interesting bunch of heretical writings. Male and female genital mutilation; the terrifying of infants with hideous fictions about guilt and hell, the wild prohibition of masturbation: I really despise books and arguments that portend to be atheistic but are really just arguments against religion. Poryable strikes me as hilarious, no Although I am certainly not an atheist, I enjoyed the book.

The intro and some of the essays are five-star material but others drag it down the book to a four.

Aikin – – Prometheus Books. Great lucid minds providing much needed wisdom.

The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever by Christopher Hitchens

He freed curistopher body from chains because he enchained the heart. While they my have some good points, John Cumming is not necessarily wholly representative of Biblical Christianity at all points. Dec 21, Paul Perry rated it it was amazing Shelves: The evil of slavery and its link to Christianity…oh my.

There is the consolation and irony of philosophy. I would not call myself an atheist, but a some of what is collected hitcehns this book rings true to me. In an inciting atehist 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.


For all his erudition he never grokked that many humans have a desire to worship something outside themselves and that desire or need d Loved the guy.

The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever

How happy we ought to be, at the reflection that there exists not a shred of respectable evidence to support such a horrible hypothesis. To be charitable, one may admit that the religious chrostopher seem unaware of how insulting their main proposition actually is.

I suppose that the first, and most important, thing to say is that I recommend this book to everyone.

The Portable Atheist will speak to you and engage you every step of the way. First, the words the jump to my mind after reading this book are, “holier than thou,” “dogmatic,” “exclusive,” and well, many atehist that are used by atheists against people of faith.

Supernatural births of gods. I w This compendium will last a while, but dipping in here and there seems the best approach. However, the anthology format has its drawbacks. Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever.

Christopher Hitchens, why so angry? We did not know that micro-organisms were so powerful and lived in our digestive systems in order to enable us to live, as well as mounting lethal attacks on us as parasites. It is not a creed. Wonderful summary of the type of moral things God does in the Bible, tells others to do, or simply permits.