The Portable Atheist

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  • Copyright: 2007-11-05
  • Publisher: Da Capo Pr

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From the #1New York Timesbest-selling author ofGod 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 Atheistwill speak to you and engage you every step of the way.

Author Biography

Christopher Hitchens is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair. His numerous books include Letters to a Young Contrarian and Why Orwell Matters.

Table of Contents

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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