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The portable atheist : essential readings for the nonbeliever
Hitchens, Christopher.
Adult Nonfiction BL2747.3 .P67 2007

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Interconnecting a vast range of sources from Lucretius to more contemporary authors, Hitchens brings together a mix of naysayers and skeptics regarding religion and, in particular, God. While not all of his selections are by fervent atheists, Hitchens connects them in such a way as to explore how and why people have rejected religious beliefs throughout the ages. Additionally, he provides valuable introductions to many of the pieces, situating them for the listener in the context of his overall argument. While some provide great insight and questions for listeners, others are only tangentially relevant. Nicholas Ball has an agreeable voice, but when transitioning from introductions to the excerpt, he rarely pauses and listeners may not even realize the excerpt is being read. His timing and speed may work well with other material, but lacks the reflection and nuance needed for this diverse and complex work with many different writing styles. Simultaneous release with the Da Capo hardcover (Reviews, Oct. 29). (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Atheism's stock is high right now, as is Hitchens's, whose recent book, God Is Not Great, has given rise to much discussion and controversy. It is no surprise that Hitchens and a willing publisher might be intrigued by the possibility of cashing in on his recent success. The Portable Atheist, however, is a rather messy ragout of widely disparate readings--all provocative and entertaining but hardly a coherent statement. Lucretius, Thomas Jefferson, Emma Goldman, Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin, and many writers and thinkers as impressive as these all gave voice to their doubts, but as Hitchens does not seem to understand, they believed and disbelieved rather different things and argue from and for very different premises. The perceptive reader will feel much sorrow for the thousandfold human follies perpetrated in the name of religion and condemned here, but no case against God does The Portable Atheist make. Still, valuable for most collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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