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The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever Audio CD – Audiobook, CD
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Hitchens has returned to the Belief Wars backed by a full army ... the Godless Warrior marshals in an Atheist A-Team ... to buttress his own arguments ... Hitchens is the guide as well as the commentator linking it all together.--San Diego Tribune
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The selections in this book show the evolution of atheism (or at least nontheism) from early critics of religion such as: Benedict De Spinoza, Thomas Hobbes and David Hume to more of a middle stage (Darwin, George Eliot, Mark Twain and Bertrand Russell) and then to modern-day critics like: Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Steven Weinberg, Daniel Dennett, Carl Sagan, Victor Stenger, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and many more. Another great thing is the book is helpfully arranged in chronological order. All beliefs aside, the selections in this book are powerfully argued and well written. I'd recommend it to anyone with a hunger for the truth and an open mind.
The introduction that Hitchens writes for this volume is just excellent. Funny, barbed, witty...a real showcase of his rhetorical skill. And the selections made for this book are uniformly excellent. It's easy to quibble that this should have been included or that could have been left out, but on the whole, this volume represents a compendium of some of the best literature in atheology. From Hume to Penn Jillette, Hobbes to Salman Rushdie, some of the most brilliant, sharpest criticisms of the notion of gods and the practices of religion are represented.
I know too many believers to think that something as mere as reading a great many genius writers making mountains of sense could change their minds; but certainly this tome presents a substantial challenge to easy assumptions, and a buffet banquet for thought. It is a tribute to this book that it winds up on the favorites lists of several bloggers, including one who defines himself as a "secular Catholic Buddhist": [...]
Today's typical "justification" for religion involves charitable or humanitarian work - obviously this says nothing about the veracity of the belief systems involved. All religions must, at their core, look forward to the end of this world; atheists, on the other hand argue that this world is all we have and that it is our duty to make the most of it.
It is one thing, per Hitchens, to believe that the magnificence of the natural order strongly implies an ordering force; quite another to say this creative force cares for our human affairs, and it is interested in with whom we have sex and how, as well as the outcome of battles and wars (and even athletic contests). Even accepting Jesus' birth, it still does not prove he was more than one among many shamans and magicians of the day.
Einstein took the view that the miracle is that there are no miracles.
Everybody is an atheist in saying that there is a god in which he does not believe - atheists simply go one step further and add another god to not believe in.
Sadly, there are the seemingly endless wars and persecutions that go on in the name of religion.Read more ›
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Christopher Hitchens writes in such a saucy yet profoundly intelligent way that I am always entertained. we miss you, Hitchens. I think everyone on earth should read this book.Published 14 days ago by kyrstin mcmaster
Book arrived in great shape. Haven't read most of it, seeing as it is just a reference book for one of my classes, but so far I am enjoying it!Published 16 days ago by Brendan Conard
I've always enjoyed reading articles and books by Hitchens. I wish I could have visited with him but reading and re-reading this book is my best and only alternative. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Tom Z
Great compilation of hard hitting rebukes. Nice when you want a short read.Published 1 month ago by Alex K.
Looks new. There is no wear at all, as described. Arrived quickly.Published 2 months ago by Beth Ashley
The bible (pardon the easy pun) for humanists. A great read that I'll keep going back to in order to keep me sane in an insane world.Published 2 months ago by Hunter