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The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Non-Believer

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17 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

Great for research

Occasionally, I require a well documented collection of works on a single subject. Hitchens' The Portable Atheist is just one of those books.

As a journalist and commentator (Columbia Missourian and InkandVoice.com) I need to have a broader reach than my own feeble l...
Occasionally, I require a well documented collection of works on a single subject. Hitchens' The Portable Atheist is just one of those books.

As a journalist and commentator (Columbia Missourian and InkandVoice.com) I need to have a broader reach than my own feeble library can give me, and I do not have graduate students to do the research I need. The information found in this text is supportive of Hitchens' personal truths and of what Victor Stenger calls "naturalism" and some call "sciencism." You will find nothing here to support any of the world's great or minor religous beliefs.

For those in search of the "meaning of life," Hitchens does not provide a spiritual or mystical answer. His collection of writings, from ancient to modern, science and philosophy, is designed to make the unsure think, the nonbeliever grounds for support and the believer new arguments.

What the reader will find missing in this collection is the anger that is usually found in Hitchens and other new atheist writings. By selecting works of others, the reader can forgo the evangelical zeal associated with the new atheist movement as they can avoid the zeal of the neo-Christian and Islamic movements.

Do not think about reading this in a single sitting or, for many, from front of back covers. Hitchens maintains the integrity of language and thought and does not provide commentary or interpretation; he leaves that up to the reader.

If your goal is theological, philosophical, scientific or political argument, persuasion or understanding, this is a must for your personal research library.

posted by ProfDave on January 2, 2010

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3 out of 80 people found this review helpful.

Pathetic

I am a Christian Apologist and I read this book to gain some insight into the arguments atheists have against God.

I approached the book with as much objectivity as I could, and I have to say, I am unimpressed. What I conclude in reading the book is that you have to ...
I am a Christian Apologist and I read this book to gain some insight into the arguments atheists have against God.

I approached the book with as much objectivity as I could, and I have to say, I am unimpressed. What I conclude in reading the book is that you have to do a lot of denial and mind manipulation to be a practicing atheist.

posted by BelieverJZ on December 5, 2009

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  • Posted January 2, 2010

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    Great for research

    Occasionally, I require a well documented collection of works on a single subject. Hitchens' The Portable Atheist is just one of those books.

    As a journalist and commentator (Columbia Missourian and InkandVoice.com) I need to have a broader reach than my own feeble library can give me, and I do not have graduate students to do the research I need. The information found in this text is supportive of Hitchens' personal truths and of what Victor Stenger calls "naturalism" and some call "sciencism." You will find nothing here to support any of the world's great or minor religous beliefs.

    For those in search of the "meaning of life," Hitchens does not provide a spiritual or mystical answer. His collection of writings, from ancient to modern, science and philosophy, is designed to make the unsure think, the nonbeliever grounds for support and the believer new arguments.

    What the reader will find missing in this collection is the anger that is usually found in Hitchens and other new atheist writings. By selecting works of others, the reader can forgo the evangelical zeal associated with the new atheist movement as they can avoid the zeal of the neo-Christian and Islamic movements.

    Do not think about reading this in a single sitting or, for many, from front of back covers. Hitchens maintains the integrity of language and thought and does not provide commentary or interpretation; he leaves that up to the reader.

    If your goal is theological, philosophical, scientific or political argument, persuasion or understanding, this is a must for your personal research library.

    17 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2008

    marvelous reading for agnostics and athests

    an excellent collection, and a worthy read. it will make you think, so if you are uncomfortable in thought, do not read this book.

    13 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2012

    Loon

    What a looney! The person who wrote GOD EXISTs, is out of their mind.

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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