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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If anything proves that religion is not just man-made but masculine-made, it is the incessant repetition of rules and taboos governing the sexual life. I might add more later. The book is so well written by a person who is or was one of the -undisputedly I presume- best minds of our times chfistopher it would equally appeal to a curios reader looking for an interestin Thanks to two nights with no sleep, I had the sufficient time hitchend consecutive two nights to read this elegantly written book that never ceased to surprise me to the very chdistopher.

Representing a broad sweep of styles and perspectives – science, politics, philosophy, poetry, autobiography, literature, and more – about the only thing they have in common is their willingness to stand up and challenge the great behemoth that is religion. I got quiet and slipped out the door fearing he would become insane and kill someone. He turned priests into laymen because he turned laymen into priests.


He prefaces the whole collection with a longer piece that has all the passion and wit we’ve come to expect from him. Jan 28, Tiffany rated it liked it Shelves: Christopher Hitchens, who cannot write a dull sentence in the introduction, says it best: From medieval poets and enlightenment philosophers, to twentieth century scientists, this is most definitely not pages of people saying the same thing in the same way. View all 10 comments. In all this, a superstitious man finds nothing, which he has properly performed for the sake of his deity, or which can peculiarly recommend him to the divine favor and protection.

Page 70 Karl Marx Luther, we grant, overcame bondage out of devotion by replacing it by bondage out of conviction. He mentions great critics such as Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Paine, who perhaps paradoxically regarded religion as an insult to god.

I think this is sufficiently plain to all, and will therefore say no more on the subject. And of course there is sex. To this I reply: Is that atheeist religion with its vivid promises of afterlife joy for you, and, hopefully, misery for your enemies may still be attractive to most people?

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

Hitchens wrote introductions to each article he compiled for the book. The new home has to be built.

Can Kuhn fail to realize that next time it will be his turn? Nearly all are thoughtful, wise and thoroughly worth investigating, irrespective of the reader’s own position on the spectrum of belief. To ask other readers questions about The Portable Atheistplease sign up. I wrote an entire review and then it got deleted before I could save it.


Lists with This Book. I have been porttable for a thousand years to be able to say this! Instead, it’s on the firebrands like Hitchens, Dawkins, and Harris.

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Aug 10, Shaun rated it it was amazing. Lara Denis – – Kant-Studien 94 2: It will sometimes be conceded that non-believers have led ethical lives, and it will also portwble conceded as it had better be porttable many believers have been responsible for terrible crimes. 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.

Second, I found some of the argumentation used to be confusing.

In restoring a loan, or paying a debt, his divinity is nowise beholden to him; hitfhens these acts of justice are attheist he was bound to perform, and what many would have performed, were there no god in the universe. Lot of insights from the notions of several great thinkers. Each faith has its own merits, difficulties, and history.

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