Hooray! You have added the first book to your bookshelf. Check it out now!
Create your own shelf sign up
[−]
  • Search Digit-count Valid ISBN Invalid ISBN Valid Barcode Invalid Barcode

The Portable Atheist

Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever

(72)

| Paperback | 9780306816086

Like The Portable Atheist ?
Join aNobii to see if your friends read it, and discover similar books!

Sign up for free

Book Description

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. Ch Continue

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.

3 Reviews

Login or Sign Up to write a review
  • 1 person finds this helpful

    bookshelves: essays, philosophy, nonfiction, published-2007, winter-20132014, tbr-busting-2014, sciences, fraudio
    Read from January 03 to 05, 2014

    The Portable Atheist read by Nicolas Ball

    anthology of atheist writing through the ages.

    1. Introduc ...(continue)

    bookshelves: essays, philosophy, nonfiction, published-2007, winter-20132014, tbr-busting-2014, sciences, fraudio
    Read from January 03 to 05, 2014

    The Portable Atheist read by Nicolas Ball

    anthology of atheist writing through 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

    Crossposted:
    Wordpress
    Booklikes
    LeafMark
    Librarything
    aNobii

    Is this helpful?

    Bettie said on Jan 5, 2014 | Add your feedback

  • 1 person finds this helpful

    L'ideale per un regalo per la pasqua.
    Raccolta dei più importanti pensatori atei agnostici o critici verso la religone, da Lucrezio a Russel, da Darwin a Twain, passando per il gotha dell'intellighentsia anglosassone come Dennett, Harris, Dawkins, L ...(continue)

    L'ideale per un regalo per la pasqua.
    Raccolta dei più importanti pensatori atei agnostici o critici verso la religone, da Lucrezio a Russel, da Darwin a Twain, passando per il gotha dell'intellighentsia anglosassone come Dennett, Harris, Dawkins, Lovecraft e tanti altri

    Is this helpful?

    Levtrotski said on Apr 23, 2011 | Add your feedback

  • 1 person finds this helpful

    Reason

    Essential reading for the rational.

    Is this helpful?

    KJoseph said on Nov 11, 2009 | Add your feedback

Book Details

  • Rating:
    (72)
    • 5 stars
    • 4 stars
    • 3 stars
  • English Books
  • Paperback 528 Pages
  • ISBN-10: 0306816083
  • ISBN-13: 9780306816086
  • Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
  • Publish date: 2007-10-16
  • Dimensions: 232 mm x 999 mm x 1,515 mm
  • Also available as: eBook
Improve_data of this book