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The Portable Atheist by Christopher Hitchens
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Dec 03, 2009

really liked it
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Read in October, 2009

This is WELL worth the read. I loved that the essays were fairly brief. You can read one or two and mull them over. I always think it's a wise thing to explore all the sides of a debate. Many of my closest friends are atheists, and I wanted to understand that. I qualify myself as agnostic and there were just as many fascinating thoughts here to satisfy and agree with conclusions I've reached. Plus, it might just blow your mind how many famous folks and writers held this viewpoint. I didn't know Mark Twain was an atheist. I love George Eliot's fiction and had no clue she was a militant (and hilarious) opponent of religion. I actually found this book so worthwhile that I might use it in a class on comparative religion some day as the text. The only reason I didn't give it a five is that I haven't finished reading the entire thing yet.
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