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The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever


Hitchens, acclaimed journalist and bestselling author of "God Is Not Great," selects and introduces an illuminating collection of the most essential ... Show synopsis

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preston h

Nice collection

by preston h on May 12, 2011

I'm not even half-way through the book, but I recommend it as a nice sampling of atheist/agnostic thinking from antiquity up to modern times. Hitchens' introduction is not more than a long rant; fortunately the rest of the book is much better.


Reason trumps revelation

by hageyama on Jun 3, 2010

Each essay in this book was written by a prominent unbeliever , from the Roman philosopher Lucretius to the self-proclaimed infidel Ayaan Hirsi Ali from Somalia. But I was especially drawn to Carl van Doren's essay "Why I am an Unbeliever" for he has given me, in a nutshell. a philosophy of unbelief. In his words "Each discovery of a new truth brings him[the unbeliever] a brings him a vivid joy." and so it does. Why must we clutter our loves with religious magic, spells, rites, bewitchment and enchantment.


The Portable Atheist

by mgreenblatt on Apr 15, 2010

The selections are all not of the same interest to the general reader. But overall the book is very good. I have ordered some additional copies. This book, as the title suggests is not out to proselytize but provides academic material for the confirmed or uninformed reader..


A Complete Course

by jimmy13 on Jan 31, 2008

A terrific book. Well developed with articles from different time periods together. A whole course in ethics and philosophy......have shared with many friends.

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