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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Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Percy Bysshe Shelley c. Christopher Hitchene continues to make the case for a splendidly godless universe in this first-ever gathering of the influentia From the 1 New York Times best-selling author of God Is Not Greata provocative and entertaining guided tour of atheist and agnostic thought through the ages with never-before-published pieces by Salman Rushdie, Ian McEwan, and Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
And they’re all set in context and commented athekst as only Christopher Hitchens political and literary journalist extraordinaire can. The Portable Christopherr will speak to you and engage you every step of the way.
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Lists with This Book. Feb 08, Paul Bryant rated it liked it Shelves: The bird only has time to catch a glimpse of all the festivities before it flies out of the other window. Is that going to be a message many people want to hear?
Is that why religion with its vivid promises of afterlife joy for you, and, hopefully, misery for your enemies may still be attractive to most people?
That and about a thousand other reasons. At the heart of it there is a meaningless question: Everyone appears to assume that the word God has the same meaning for everyone.
That is not true.
The nature of belief: They have never for one second considered the possibility that a different religion might actually be christopuer true one. The very idea is obviously absurd for this great majority of all believers of all religions.
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How can a debate be had within such a confined space? I have been waiting for a thousand years to be lortable to say this! In essay after essay they are trundled out like the Chamber of Horrors at Madame Tussauds a famous waxworks exhibit in London!
I bet you knew that! And after they get done with the followers of Jesus, the current grisly gang of jihadis provide many non-Christian examples of religious bloodlust. Okay, it probably needs to be said but Christopher, not 15 times over but this is not a debate about belief. 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, chrisgopher and fratricidal violence would ever have happened.
If these two religions had just fizzled out, like thousands of others, then mild pleasantness would have descended and scientists would have been busily inventing motor cars and packet soup before the 13th century.
But what would have happened instead of Christianity and Islam? Imagine that the Roman religion persisted in the West and the local animist cults continued in Arabia and the Middle East, alongside Zoroastrianism.
Would humans have avoided wars of conquest, disease, ignorance, slavery and all the rest of it? There would have been different names on the shops but they would have been selling the same bloody goods. The atheists are cynical about religion but uncynical about human nature. If I wrote what Hitcheens know about quantum uncertainty, Planck time and fructose on the back of an average sized postage stamp I would still have room left over for the ten commandments and the lyrics of Like a Rolling Stone.
A lot of this stuff is above my paygrade. Christopher himself can always provide a few zingers: To be charitable, one may admit that the religious often seem unaware of how insulting their main proposition actually is.
Or – religion is based on our willingness to be persuaded against all the evidence that we are indeed the centre of the universe and that everything is arranged with us in mind. RD says that when a new fossil is found which fits in one of these gaps, the creationists then portablee that there are now two gaps where before there was only onE!
And second, irreducible complexity. Therefore it is irreducibly complex. That means it was designed. I boggled at hithens. He was then quick to point out that In Pennsylvania, Kansas and Ohio the courts have issued ringing rejections of Intelligent Design and voters have ejected creationists from school boards.
When I go, the whole of time and space is coming with me! A Venus’ Flower Basket View all 22 comments. Sep 24, Joshua Stein rated it it was amazing. Hitchens is one of the wittiest men of our time, and as a great writer, his taste is impeccable.
The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever by Christopher Hitchens
I love reading essays and short pieces, but it becomes a problem when I find collections that I don’t particularly like, because I don’t want to buy a collection for a single essay.
That is not a problem with Hitchens, who combines the fundamental originators of the atheist thought, with the writings of Hume and Spinoza, with the great leaders of the modern atheist movement, including a few essays from Hitchens is one of the wittiest men of our time, and as a great writer, his taste is impeccable.
That is not a problem with Hitchens, who combines the fundamental originators of the atheist thought, with the writings of Hume and Spinoza, with the great leaders of the modern atheist movement, including a few essays from my personal favorite, Professor Daniel Dennett.
He includes the essentials of Russell and Dawkins, which are, of course, unavoidable in a discussion of atheism, and he makes sure to tackle the elements of atheist and naturalist philosophy. It’s a wonderful collection, and anyone who wants something that they can read off-and-on, especially if you’re in the collegiate realm where you can’t focus on one thing and just slam through it, this is a great collection. I will say that Hitchens’ intro is not his best work, but there is something challenging about introducing a collection of arguments meant to speak for themselves.
It still bears the stamp of a fantastic mind, and still has its shining moments. View all 3 comments. Dec 17, Michael rated it liked it Recommends it for: I would not call myself an atheist, but a some of what is collected in this book rings true to me. However, like most atheist philosophy there is much to be desired. Much of the counter-points favoring the non-existence of god s can be boiled down into: I’m sure that I am over-simplifying, but that is essentially the crux of it as far as I can see.
All of these thoughts ring a bit hollow to me, but they all touch on a larger understanding that I have yet to figure out myself. If I had to guess, the existence or non of the truth of god lies in the analysis of Dawkins’ Spaghetti Monster which does not make much of an appearance here. The worst part of this book lies in the fact that it seems to be a money-grab by Hitchens.
It seems that he is trying to cash in on his recent fame by collecting some publicly available texts, writing one or two sentences about each, and then adding a couple lackluster “never before released” essays by a couple friends.
As a side note, this book is far from portable. View all 10 comments. Jan 28, Tiffany rated it liked it Shelves: He lived in my neighborhood and lumbered around like a bear that had been poked by a stick.
I’ve been following him since the 80’s when he contributed regularly to The Nation. But when it comes to spiritual beliefs the guy was a cretin. 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.
For all his erudition he never grokked that many humans have a desire to worship something outside themselves and that desire or need does not automatically make them stupid, deluded, evil or dangerous.
That was always Chris’ problem: And I mean full-on Christian Bale. I got quiet and slipped out the door fearing he would become insane and kill someone.
His righteous anger turned him into an enraged and senseless animal. This just to tell you he had no understanding or observation christolher his personal failings, which is why he drank and smoked himself sadly into an early grave. That said, he was the closest thing to a wit and an intellectual we’ve had in the US. View all 17 comments. Dec 09, Vanja Antonijevic rated it it was amazing.
Although, as can only be expected, it is missing some crucial works, and allows for only small excerpts of others, it an excellent collection overall. The rest of the book has more modern and recent arguments, that I believe are more systematic and convincing.
He takes the idea of miracles to task. Rationally explains his lack of faith. Ever wondered what the “opium of the people” really means?