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Christopher Hitchens sigue defendiendo la mafnificiencia de un universo sin Dios con esta analogía, la primera en su género, de las voces más influyentes de la actualidad y del pasado, aquellas que han contribuido a su argumentación en el debate sobre Dios. Con Hitchens como guía erudito e ingenioso, recorremos textos fundamentales de la filosofía, la literatura y la ...more
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Published January 2012 by Debate (first published November 6th 2007)
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Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Portable Atheist is a compilation of rather intriguing, incisive material, primarily essays, written by a variety of famed skeptics throughout the ages. Below is a link to the book’s table of contents; many of the pieces can be found online, if you’d like to try a few on for size:

Of these impressive contributors, I found the following to be the most memorable: Thomas Hobbes, John Stuart Mill, George Eliot, Mark Twain, H.P. Lovecraft, Carl Sagan,
Paul Bryant
Feb 08, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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One early medieval story says that humans are like a bird who flies in one window of a great hall where a vast banquet is in progress. The bird only has time to catch a glimpse of all the festivities before it flies out of the other window. That’s us : we rapidly pass from non-existence to non-existence. Is that going to be a message many people want to hear? No. Is that why religion with its vivid promises of afterlife joy (for you, and, hopefully, misery for
Joshua Stein
Sep 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hitchens is one of the wittiest men of our time, and as a great writer, his taste is impeccable.

I love reading essays and short pieces, but it becomes a problem when I find collections that I don't particularly like, because I don't want to buy a collection for a single essay.

That is not a problem with Hitchens, who combines the fundamental originators of the atheist thought, with the writings of Hume and Spinoza, with the great leaders of the modern atheist movement, including a few essays from
Dec 17, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sarah
I would not call myself an atheist, but a some of what is collected in this book rings true to me. However, like most atheist philosophy there is much to be desired. Much of the counter-points favoring the non-existence of god(s) can be boiled down into:

1) God does not exist because there is no evidence.
2) God does not exist because there is evil in the world.
3) God does not exist because bad people have embellished on the myths.
4) God does not exist because there are too many gods both past
Jan 28, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: metaphysical
Loved the guy. He lived in my neighborhood and lumbered around like a bear that had been poked by a stick. I've been following him since the 80's when he contributed regularly to The Nation. His contributions to Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy and Prospect were invaluable, his prose inimitable.

But when it comes to spiritual beliefs the guy was a cretin.

For all his erudition he never grokked that many humans have a desire to worship something outside themselves and that desire or need
Vanja Antonijevic
Although, as can only be expected, it is missing some crucial works, and allows for only small excerpts of others, it an excellent collection overall.

The first third of the book will allow you to understand the philosophical intellectual history of atheism/agnosticism (Lucretius (c. 60 BCE ), Hobbes, Spinoza, Hume, Mill, Marx, Eliot, Darwin, Twain, Freud, Einstein, Orwell, and Russell). The rest of the book has more modern and recent arguments, that I believe are more systematic and convincing.
Mikey B.
Jan 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Page 363 (my book) St. Augustine

“There is another form of temptation, even more fraught with danger. This is the disease of curiosity. It is this which drives us to try and discover the secrets of nature which are beyond our understanding, which can avail us nothing, and which man should not wish to learn.”

These 47 essays are chronologically arranged from Lucretius to the 21st century. But over two-thirds of the essays are from 1900 onwards. One does get a history of atheism, and how, even to
Sep 21, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Although I am certainly not an atheist, I enjoyed the book. Liked having a selection of "Atheist" readings with the additional comments of the author, a renowned atheist himself. I gave the book 3 stars because, well, not being an atheist, I found the book lacking on several levels.

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. What strikes me as hilarious,
Sandy b
Jun 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Religion is the most perverse ,dangerous and destructive force in the world,and even God,s favorite David of the bible implored: open mine eyes lord, so that I will know thee with my heart ,mind ,and whole being
So this call to use your mind and critically examine,both the argument for and against religion,is wise council
And I have spend more than 40 years in earnest search for the truth
I have broken the shackles of religion,and the freedom of atheism is highly recommended

This important book will
Christopher Hitchens, why so angry? This is an interesting collection of essays, fiction, articles and arguments, compiled by the acidic and immature Hitchens. When Hitchens is NOT speaking, this proves evocative reading. When he is, it's annoying - like listening to a teenage girl on a cell phone on the train fighting with her boyfriend-of-the-week about "I know you are, but what am I? Shut up no you shut up you stupidhead meanyperson."
Todd Martin
The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever is a collection of essays by various authors who have addressed the topic of atheism and/or agnosticism throughout the years. Although there are a few gems to be found (Hitchen’s introduction, essays by Sigmund Freud and Mark Twain, Salman Rushdie to name a few), most of the articles are pure drudgery written by long-winded philosophers who appear to have been paid by the word (or page). I particularly hated the section from ...more
Dan Gladwell
Feb 27, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This would be more properly titled "The Portable Anti-Religion: Essential Readings for the Angry Atheist". I really despise books and arguments that portend to be atheistic but are really just arguments against religion. When you are arguing to be atheistic, you should start from the assumption of atheism, instead of spending a whole volume arguing against it. This book clearly wasn't written for the "non-believer" because it spends the entire span of the book arguing against religion and trying ...more
Lot of insights from the notions of several great thinkers. Irrespective of your views on Atheism, it's essential to read through some of the essays to get a lot better ideas and visions on life.

Hitchens was surely a great person with his sheer witty erudite personality. Since my inception on curiously knowing about the world (mostly western, which I was oblivious of) I had found a lot of wonderful, wiser brave persons.Glad this book actually helped me find more. This book contains 47 essays
The late Christopher Hitchens was a tremendous wit and man of letters, as well as an effective political and religious polemicist. This is a collection of some of the greatest Atheistic, or at least skeptical writings, selected and abridged by Hitchens with short introductions to each as well as a longer opening introduction. While that longer essay is a bit of a period piece not up to the standard of most of Hitchens writing, his shorter intros are delightful. His choices range from classical ...more
Paul  Perry
An outstanding collection of essays and extracts from godless and freethinking writers throughout the ages. Amongst the highlights are the pamphlet for which Shelly was thrown out of university and contributions from Bertrand Russell, Mark Twain, Thomas Jefferson and Tom Paine. Some, such as Thomas Hardy and HL Mencken consign gods to the grave of history, while others argue strong cases for a morality that does not rely on the promise of reward or the threat of punishment from a creator. While ...more
Dec 21, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This compendium will last a while, but dipping in here and there seems the best approach. There are some interesting essays from the early part of the last century that were important in convincing my father to get over believing in god(s).

I wasn't planning on buying the book, but just happened to be browsing it at Powell's when my friend Chris Faatz, one of our great free-range intellectuals (and a Buddhist), stopped to say hello. He knew the book and pointed several essays that recommends. I
Donna Barker
Aug 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Donna by: my uncle with a phD in physics
Shelves: favorites
I was NOT a "non-believer" when I opened this book. I considered myself a believer in the spiritual realm, if not any organized religion. If I had label myself I'd say I was agnostic. By the end of the book I was quite prepared to say that I am an atheist.

People make lists of the books that impacted their lives. This one is top of mine. For better or worse!
Jun 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: atheism-religion
The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever edited by Christopher Hitchens

“The Portable Atheist” is the philosophical journey of atheist thought through time. The late great Christopher Hitchens selects forty seven essays by some of the most influential atheist/agnostic minds. This 528-page book is composed of forty seven essays by some of the most influential atheists/agnostics including heavyweights like: Einstein, Sagan, Russell, Darwin, Twain, Hume, Spinoza, Mill, Dawkins,
Aug 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The Portable Atheist is an astounding 'tour de force' of critical writer's critique of Religion, citing the diverse religious arguments in detail.
Containing 47 selections from some very famous and non-famous people on the value of atheism, this book is indeed a storehouse of
many thought provoking pieces, including a brilliant 14 page fiery introduction by Christopher Hitchens.

Hitchens takes liberty in introducing us to each contributing piece in this provocative and entertaining guided tour
Ugh. I wrote an entire review and then it got deleted before I could save it.

Okay, quick points then:

First: This volume and a lot of the other work of the "new" atheists are extremely useful to those who are halfway between belief and unbelief. This books has the dissections of scripture - the contradictions, the immoralities, the absurdities - which, for someone who hasn't been convinced to leave religion behind, would be eye-opening. But for confirmed atheists, the fight should not be
Sep 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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In The Portable Atheist, Hitchens has assembled a surprisingly diverse collection of first rate writing by non-believers. From medieval poets and enlightenment philosophers, to twentieth century scientists, this is most definitely not 500 pages of people saying the same thing in the same way. Representing a broad sweep of styles and perspectives - science, politics, philosophy, poetry, autobiography, literature, and more - about the only thing they have in common is their willingness to stand up ...more
TJ Shelby
May 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I suppose that the first, and most important, thing to say is that I recommend this book to everyone. I already feel like I have forgotten so much of it that I want to start over again. I stole the following from another post and while it isn't comprehensive, I liked it:

(1) Hume: He takes the idea of miracles to task.
(2) Mill: Rationally explains his lack of faith.
(3) Marx: Ever wondered what the "opium of the people" really means?
(4) Mencken: A witty memorial service to all the "dead" gods
Feb 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: truth, 2012
This is an outstanding compendium of human thought. It's difficult to comment on it since it is comprised of dozens of essays/contributions from ancient to present. One nice aspect is that many of them are short, even a few pages, so you can read an essay and close the book with a sense of completion before opening it up a few days later. With a novel that's hard, at least for me, because it disturbs the flow of the story.

No matter what one's beliefs are - pantheist, panentheist, theist,
Nov 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to two nights with no sleep, I had the sufficient time on consecutive two nights to read this elegantly written book that never ceased to surprise me to the very end.

I would recommend it to anyone interested on the subject, not depending on at what level they may come informed on this very broad topic. The book is so well written by a person who is (or was) one of the -undisputedly I presume- best minds of our times that it would equally appeal to a curios reader looking for an
Apr 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd been avoiding reading this as I didn't want to hear him whingeing on about how oppressed he feels as an atheist or whatever, but I was pleasantly surprised that you don't hear much from him beyond the introduction. It's a collection of atheist-ish writing from great thinkers throughout history and is really well put together. I found it easier to get into some than others (skipped past some) but some lovely stuff. I particularly enjoyed the Omar Khayyam section, which was just beautiful. I ...more
Jun 03, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Some thoughts from reading snippets of this tome for my job . . .

1. At 500 pages and a few pounds, this is anything but "portable"
2. For people who don't believe in a God, they spend an awful lot of time and energy talking about Him.
3. If this is a true representation of atheists, then they are egotistical, arrogant, vile, cruel, hate-filled, and generally depressive people.
Dec 20, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's hard to rate a compilation of essays and excerpts. My favorite 5 star sections were by Mark Twain, Emma Goldman, H.P. Lovecraft, Carl Sagan, Richard Dawkins, and Ayaan Hirsi Ali. I also liked Ibn Warraq's section from "Why I Am Not a Muslim". I know little about Islam aside from propaganda and the selections from the Koran were eye-opening. Interesting bunch of heretical writings.
Naomi V
Mar 15, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anybody questioning
i've avoided this type of book for years, thinking that it would just be 'preaching to the choir' (as it were) and that i wouldn't really get much out of it. turns out that i have a lot to learn! this is like a 'primer' for skeptics, agnostics, and atheists.
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A nice collection of atheist writings. They were mostly all very well written, and a lot of it is quotable.
Jul 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: atheism
The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever, compiled by Christopher Hitchens, is not a novel, as such, but a collection of essays, quotes and short critiques on the subject of religion and god(s), written by notable figures across the centuries. TPA will quickly get you in touch with dozens of the world’s most influential nonbelievers of the past and present, rather than having to scour a myriad of books in order to find their essays – all thanks to Hitchens.

Among the essayists
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Christopher Eric Hitchens was an English-born American author, journalist, and literary critic. He was a contributor to Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, World Affairs, The Nation, Slate, Free Inquiry and a variety of other media outlets. Hitchens was also a political observer, whose best-selling books — the most famous being God Is Not Great — made him a staple of talk shows and lecture circuits. He was ...more
“Owners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they will think you are god. Whereas owners of cats are compelled to realize that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are gods.” 2976 likes
“I have met some highly intelligent believers, but history has no record to say that [s]he knew or understood the mind of god. Yet this is precisely the qualification which the godly must claim—so modestly and so humbly—to possess. It is time to withdraw our 'respect' from such fantastic claims, all of them aimed at the exertion of power over other humans in the real and material world.” 129 likes
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