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The Portable Atheist : Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever - Christopher Hitchens

The Portable Atheist

Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever


Published: 16th October 2007
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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, you’ll 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 they’re 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.

About the Author

Christopher Hitchens is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and a visiting professor of liberal studies at the New School. The author of numerous books including the current bestseller God Is Not Great and Letters to a Young Contrarian, he lives in Washington, D.C.

"Hitchens has returned to the Belief Wars backed by a full army...the Godless Warrior marshals in an Atheist A-Team...to buttress his own arguments...Hitchens is the guide as well as the commentartor linking it all together."--"San Diego Tribune"

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
from De Rerum Natura (On the Nature of Things), Book I, Translated by W. Hannaford Brownp. 1
from Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam: A Paraphrase from Several Literal Translations by Richard Le Galliennep. 7
Of Religion, from Leviathanp. 12
Theological-Political Treatisep. 21
The Natural History of Religionp. 26
Of Miraclesp. 32
An Account of My Last Interview with David Hume, Esq.p. 46
A Refutation of Deismp. 50
Moral Influences in My Early Youth, From Autobiographyp. 57
Contribution to the Critique of Hegel's Philosophy of Rightp. 64
Evangelical Teachingp. 75
Autobiographyp. 93
An Agnostic's Apologyp. 97
Miraclep. 112
Thoughts of God, From Fables of Manp. 116
Bible Teaching and Religious Practice, From Europe and Elsewhere and A Pen Warmed Up In Hellp. 119
Author's Note to The Shadow Linep. 123
God's Funeralp. 126
The Philosophy of Atheismp. 129
A Letter on Religionp. 134
Why I Am An Unbelieverp. 138
Memorial Servicep. 143
from The Future of an Illusion, Translated and edited by James Stracheyp. 147
Selected Writings on Religionp. 155
from A Clergyman's Daughterp. 166
In Westminster Abbeyp. 168
Monism and Religionp. 170
An Old Storyp. 178
An Outline of Intellectual Rubbishp. 181
Aubadep. 207
Church Goingp. 209
The Wandering Jew and the Second Comingp. 211
The Demon-Haunted World 218
The God Hypothesisp. 226
from Roger's Versionp. 239
Conclusions and Implications, From The Miracle of Theism: Arguments for and against the Existence of Godp. 246
Genesis Revisited: A Scientific Creation Storyp. 267
That Undiscovered Countryp. 270
Thank Goodness!p. 277
from A Farewell to God, A Personal Wordp. 282
Questions to Ask Yourselfp. 285
Why There Almost Certainly Is No Godp. 287
Gerin Oilp. 305
Atheists for Jesusp. 307
from God: the Failed Hypothesis, Cosmic Evidence 311
A Working Definition of Religion, From "Breaking Which Spell?"p. 328
If God Is Dead, Is Everything Permitted?p. 333
There Is No Godp. 349
End of the World Bluesp. 351
What About God? From Dreams of a Final Theoryp. 366
"Imagine There's No Heaven": A Letter to the Six Billionth World Citizenp. 380
The Koranp. 384
The Totalitarian Nature of Islamp. 445
In the Shadow of God, From The End of Faithp. 454
Can an Athiest Be a Fundamentalist? From Against All Godsp. 473
How (and Why) I Became an Infidelp. 477
Credits and Permissionsp. 481
Indexp. 485
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Christopher Hitchens

Born on April 13, 1949 in Portsmouth, England, Christopher Hitchens wrote for a variety of English magazines before moving to the United States in 1981. Hitchens established himself as one of the leading intellectual writers of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, willing to offend his readership with his controversial positions on matters such as religion, art, politics, war and literature.

Hitchens died on December 15, 2011, from complications arising from oesophageal cancer. His death prompted tributes and eulogies from a range of public figures, including Tony Blair, Richard Dawkins, Martin Amis, James Fenton, and Stephen Fry.

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ISBN: 9780306816086
ISBN-10: 0306816083
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 528
Published: 16th October 2007
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.7  x 3.7
Weight (kg): 0.66
Edition Number: 1