Sunday, 17 August 2008
Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Non-Believer by Christopher Hitchens
A large collection and a very eclectic mix of essays. By turns slow steady, logical and suddenly emotionally charged and motivating.
A tour through history's writings on a natural view of the world and why we are here.
I particularly enjoyed the older writings which showed just how slow a burn freedom of thought has been. David Hume is insightful, Mark Twain is funny, Thomas Hardy and HL Mencken bid farewell to God in two very different ways. Bertrand Russell is hilarious.
If you are an atheist then this book will give you some reasons for or at least perspectives on un-belief that you had not thought of. If you are a believer and want to remain so then pick up this book at the peril of your immortal soul.
Stimulating, challenging in places and enjoyable.
3.5 out of 5 stars.