From the #1 New York Times best-selling author of God Is Not Great, a 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. ...
Christopher Hitchens continues to make the case for a splendidly godless universe in this first-ever gathering of the influential voices--past and present--that have shaped his side of the current (and raging) God/no-god debate. With Hitchens as your erudite and witty guide, youll be led through a wealth of philosophy, literature, and scientific inquiry, including generous portions of the words of Lucretius, Benedict de Spinoza, Charles Darwin, Karl Marx, Mark Twain, George Eliot, Bertrand Russell, Emma Goldman, H. L. Mencken, Albert Einstein, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and many others well-known and lesser known. And theyre all set in context and commented upon as only Christopher Hitchens--political and literary journalist extraordinaire (Los Angeles Times)--can. Atheist? Believer? Uncertain? No matter: The Portable Atheist will speak to you and engage you every step of the way.
bookshelves: essays, philosophy, nonfiction, published-2007, winter-20132014, tbr-busting-2014, sciences, fraudioRead from January 03 to 05, 2014The Portable Atheist read by Nicolas Ballanthology of atheist writing through the ages.1. Introduction
..." the ages.
1. Introduction by Christopher Hitchens 2. Lucretius: from the Nature of Things 3. Kayyam: A paraphrase from several literal translations 4. Hobbes: Of Religion 5. Spinoza: Theological-Political Treatise 6. Hume: Natural History of Religion 7. Hume: Of Miracles 8. Boswell: An account of my last interview with Hume 9. Shelley: A Refutation of Deism 10. Stuart Mill: Moral Influences in My Early Youth 11. Marx: Contribution to the Critique of Hegel's Philosophy 12. George Eliot: Evangelical Teaching (Yes! THAT Eliot of Middlemarch fame) 13. Darwin: Autobiography 14. Stephens: An Agnostic Apology 15. France: Miracles 16. Twain: Thoughts of God 17. Twain: Bible Teachings and Religious Practice 18. Conrad: author's note 19. Hardy: God's Funeral 20. Goldman: The Philosophy of Atheism 21. Lovecraft: A Letter On Religion 22. Freud: The Future of an Illusion 23. Einstein: Selected Writings on Religion 24. Russell: An Outline of Intellectual Rubbish 25. Rushdie: Imagine There's No Heaven: A letter to the Sixth Billionth World Citizen
“Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?”
― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Russell's essay was the longest and the most engossing, however for beauty, it was hard to beat Kayyam's advocation of love over belief. To be kept for a re-visit at some point.
Please could the next person to wade through these essays leave a note for me about which Pope who was solicited for help by RSPCA and had it turned down because animals don't have souls. I don't think a name was mentioned. If this was published 2007 then that would make it Benedict XVI but as Themis-Athena points out, Benedict had a dog at one stage. Thanks.
4* Arguably 4* The Portable Atheist TR Mortality TR God Is Not Great