- Hardcover: 896 pages
- Publisher: Debate Editorial; Tra edition (September 2009)
- Language: Spanish
- ISBN-10: 8483068249
- ISBN-13: 978-8483068243
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.3 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 362 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,657,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dios no existe/ The Portable Atheist (Spanish Edition) (Spanish) Hardcover – September, 2009
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Interconnecting a vast range of sources from Lucretius to more contemporary authors, Hitchens brings together a mix of naysayers and skeptics regarding religion and, in particular, God. While not all of his selections are by fervent atheists, Hitchens connects them in such a way as to explore how and why people have rejected religious beliefs throughout the ages. Additionally, he provides valuable introductions to many of the pieces, situating them for the listener in the context of his overall argument. While some provide great insight and questions for listeners, others are only tangentially relevant. Nicholas Ball has an agreeable voice, but when transitioning from introductions to the excerpt, he rarely pauses and listeners may not even realize the excerpt is being read. His timing and speed may work well with other material, but lacks the reflection and nuance needed for this diverse and complex work with many different writing styles.
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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
--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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What I wanted from this book was a broad reading of atheistic literature through the ages, and this is exactly that. It is not thorough, but it does go through many of the well known atheists, and also through some lesser known ones. He touches briefly upon Marx, just show people the actual "religion is opium for the masses" quote in context. Apparently that was a pet peeve of Hitchen's, so he added a chapter of Marx's work for clarification.
Not only are these selections from arguments, but he also has a chapter from a narrative novel, that highlights a common argument of the "apparent design of the universe" and "something cannot come from nothing", which made it interesting to read the argument in narrative form during a dinner party. There is also a memoir from a man who knew Billy Graham and was close to him; this was one of my favorite parts to read, because it got inside (second hand) the head of Graham and how one decision effected this man's life; a life of education vs a life of preaching to the masses. It was a poignant reflection and probably could've happened to anyone in those circumstances.
There is plenty of arguments against the various notions of a god, which mostly focuses on christianity; so if you want the book for that it's definitely a good buy. Although, if you're familiar with all the arguments it won't really show you anything different or new. What it does do is give you the cream of the crop of the writing abilities of various atheists. The arguments may be old now, but their words give them such clarity that it's hard to put down. On the same point, there is this one selected work that had me going for the dictionary every paragraph, it was quite thick, not necessarily pompous, but if english is your second language or your vocabulary is just alright, then it might give you problems. Most the work in here is not difficult to understand, so one could skip over the hard parts and not miss out that much.
Following the introduction are 47 excellent selections with brief introductions by Hitchens, spanning two millennia (although there is a distinct gap of about 1500 years, the reasons for which should be obvious to all).
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