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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I decided the book 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.

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Non-belief is not quite unbelief, he explains. Dec 09, Vanja Antonijevic rated it it was amazing. Potable is the unreason to which terror can drive mankind! View all 10 comments. Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever, compiled by Christopher Hitchens, is not a novel, as such, te a collection of essays, quotes and short critiques on the subject of religion and god swritten by notable figures across the centuries.

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

As a side note, this book is far from portable. Science Logic and Mathematics.

Essential Readings for the Angry Atheist”. Whereas owners of cats are compelled to realize that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are gods.

The Portable Atheist

So in all, this isn’t really a Christopher Hitchens book – It’s a book of all the authors that are represented here, perhaps to pique one’s interest to go out and read all those authors works in their entirety, thus improving your understanding of many things, not just religion.


Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. MenckenSam Harris It seems the more purely religious, because it proceeds from no mixture of any other motive or consideration. Does Kuhn not understand that what has happened today is an abomination, which no propitiatory prayer, no pardon no expiation by the guilty, which nothing at all in the power of man can ever clean again?

Page David C. I have been waiting for a thousand years to be able to say this! That is not true.

The Portable Atheist Quotes by Christopher Hitchens

Books by Christopher Hitchens. A witty memorial service to all the “dead” gods I suppose that the first, and most porfable, thing to say is that I recommend this book to everyone. Jun 03, Donald rated it did not like it. This included sections written in verse- I cyristopher trying to decipher several stanzas of noise in my free time.

Evolution it does a specie good. Jan 28, Tiffany rated it athist it Shelves: The clearly stated position of an agnostic. Excellent parody of what one would have to believe if one wishes to reconcile what we know scientifically today with the teachings of the Bible.

To be charitable, one may admit that the religious often seem unaware of how insulting their main proposition actually is. Hava Tirosh-Samuelson – – Zygon 47 4: Kai Nielsen – – Prometheus Books. AND ANYWAY The atheists denounce Christianity and Islam the two main disturbers of the peace in this book as if, with their suppression, none of this xenophobic, misogynistic and fratricidal violence would ever have happened. Notably absent are Nietzsche, Voltaire and Bakunin to name christoopher a few.

Very few religious people will be drawn to read this book, but that’s fine – this isn’t that kind of book. Okay, quick hitchenw then: Hitchens takes liberty in introducing us to each contributing piece in this provocative and entertaining guided tour o The Portable Atheist is an astounding ‘tour de force’ of critical writer’s critique of Religion, citing the diverse religious arguments in detail. The readings Hitchens chooses to bolster his atheist argument are indeed engaging and important.


Yet this is precisely the qualification which the godly must claim—so modestly and so humbly—to possess. I have the Rubaiyat in the house and may well read the whole thing now. At the heart of it there is a meaningless question: With a novel that’s hard, at least for me, because it disturbs the flow of the story.

As though God had turned away from the wise, and written His decrees, not in the mind of man but in the entrails of chrisgopher, or left them to be proclaimed by the inspiration and instinct of fools, madmen, and birds. He takes the idea of miracles to task.

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And this is so well known, that no man of sense gives attention to these reports, till he find them confirmed by some greater evidence. Nearly all are thoughtful, wise and thoroughly worth investigating, irrespective of the reader’s own position on the spectrum of belief. We imagined that thunder and lightning were portentous. I bought it from Amazon for RS The essays are uneven. 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.

When I go, the whole of time and space is coming with me!

Hitchens wrote introductions to each article he compiled for the book. And second, irreducible complexity. In an inciting anthology of atheist and christopheer thought, going back to the early GreeksHitchens writes briefly about the selected essays of past and present philosophers, scientists, and other thinkers such as LucretiusHigchens de SpinozaCharles DarwinKarl MarxMark TwainGeorge EliotBertrand RussellEmma GoldmanH.

A witty memorial service to all the “dead” gods 5 Einstein: Although there are some leavening humourous pieces Michael Shermerthe book leans towards a scholarly tone.

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