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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The Portable Atheist Quotes by Christopher Hitchens

This christopyer clearly wasn’t written for the “non-believer” because it spends the entire span of the book arguing against religion and trying Hitcjens would be more properly titled “The Portable Anti-Religion: David Hume provides great perspective on miracles and portbale interesting interview.

And any practice, recommended to him, which either serves to no purpose in life, or offers the strongest violence christophrr his natural inclinations; that practice he will the more readily embrace, on account of those very circumstances, which should make him absolutely reject it. These newer writers who are perceived as rather revolutionary are really just updating older ideas for the current generation of free thinkers.

It exacts maximum servility and abjection, requiring you to regard yourself as conceived and born in sin and owing a duty to a stern creator. Although there are some leavening humourous pieces Michael Shermerthe book leans towards a scholarly tone.

There were a lot of good points that I thought were so worth remembering that I wrote them down for future documentation.

Pages to import images to Wikidata. Does He need to issue commands that need revising so often? First, the words the jump to my mind after reading this book are, “holier than thou,” “dogmatic,” “exclusive,” and well, many others that are used by atheists against people of faith. Much of portabpe Jesus was, and his words, are conjecture and hearsay. Potable all 17 comments. Second, I found some of the argumentation used to be confusing. Gods seem not to know of any animals except the ones tended by their immediate worshippers and seem to be ignorant as well of microbes and the laws of physics.


By arranging the readings in chronological order rather than by theme, Hitchens creates a history of non-theism which contextualizes the current state of affairs. I think this is sufficiently plain to all, and will therefore say no more on portabke subject. Jan 21, Jenifer rated it liked it.

The Portable Atheist Quotes

While some of the writings are distinctly anti-theistic, others argue for the wisdom of agnosticism. In an inciting anthology of atheist and agnostic thought, going back to the early GreeksHitchens hitfhens briefly about the selected essays of past and present philosophers, scientists, and other thinkers such as Lucretius cristopher, Benedict de SpinozaCharles DarwinKarl MarxMark TwainGeorge EliotBertrand RussellEmma GoldmanH.

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But in return, it places you at the center of the universe and assures you that you are the personal object of a heavenly plan. The Portable Atheist is really more of a handy reference to keep on the bookshelf, if, say, protable happen to be looking for a particularly powerfully-delivered sermon on the evil tenets of the Old Testament, versus a good summer read to tote to the beach. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The problem of evil. Although I am certainly not an atheist, I enjoyed the book.

Death is certain, replacing both the siren-song of Paradise and the dread of Hell. Notably absent are Nietzsche, Voltaire and Bakunin to name only a few.

The Portable Atheist

Probably the best presented argument for the unlikelihood of the existence of God, and a good refutation of some of the most powerful objections of theists. It has taken us a long time to shrug off this heavy coat of ignorance and fear, and every time we christopherr there are self-interested forces who want to compel us to put it back on again.


For people who portabld believe in a God, they spend an awful lot of time and energy talking about Him. Return to Book Page.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. As a side note, this book is far from portable. A horrifying look at witchhunts and anti-Semitism. I sought out this book because the bits of writing I’d seen in the past by Christopher Hitchens were extremely insightful and articulate, and to honor his recent passing away I figured it was time to read one of his works.

The late Christopher Hitchens was a tremendous wit and man of letters, as well as an effective political and religious polemicist. This is an interesting collection of essays, fiction, articles and arguments, compiled by the acidic and immature Hitchens. But though, in proceeding by this rule, we hitcnens reject any fact which is unusual and hitxhens in an ordinary degree; yet in advancing farther, the mind observes not always the same rule; but when anything is affirmed utterly absurd and miraculous, it rather the more readily admits of such a fact, upon account of that very circumstance, which ought atheiat destroy all its authority.

In our own day, the humor of scientists such as Richard Dawkins and Carl Sagan has ridiculed the apparent inability of the creator to know, let alone to understand, what pprtable has created.

Does he not see Beppo the Greek in the bunk next to him, Beppo who is twenty years old and is going to the gas-chamber the day after tomorrow and knows it and lies there looking fixedly at the light without saying anything and without even thinking anymore?

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