Mark Twain,Karl Marx,Anatole France,Omar Khayyam,Thomas Hobbes,Joseph Conrad,Christopher Hitchens,Percy Bysshe Shelley,John Stuart Mill,Charles Darwin,David Hume,George Eliot,Leslie Stephen,James Boswell,Benedict De Spinoza,Lucretius,Thoma

The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever

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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).

Atheist? Believer? Uncertain? No matter: The Portable Atheist will speak to you and engage you every step of the way.
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    Joy Santosohas quoted4 years ago
    Every powerful emotion has its own myth-making tendency. When the emotion is peculiar to an individual, he is considered more or less mad if he gives credence to such myths as he has invented. But when an emotion is collective, as in war, there is no one to correct the myths that naturally arise
    Joy Santosohas quoted4 years ago
    sin often consists in avoiding needless suffering
    Joy Santosohas quoted4 years ago
    that a special Providence not only looks after the good, but also punishes the wicked

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