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Old 03-28-2011, 07:17 PM   #1
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Besides Dawkins (already have a couple of his books) what other really good titles on atheism have you come across or can recommend
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Old 03-28-2011, 07:27 PM   #2
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Christopher Hichin's " God is not Great" is a fairly new and somewhat-known work....
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Old 03-28-2011, 07:29 PM   #3
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As for Dawkins... I find his books On Evolution more interesting than his books on religion....
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Old 03-28-2011, 08:30 PM   #4
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"Atheism, Ayn Rand & Other Heresies" I forget the author. I enjoyed the book, though.

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Old 03-28-2011, 09:45 PM   #5
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Hitchens' book is definitely a winner. I also found myself enjoying The New Atheism: Taking a Stand for Science and Reason, by Victor J Stenger.
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Old 03-28-2011, 10:10 PM   #6
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Atheism: The Case Against God by George H. Smith is good, and it's available in a Kindle edition.
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Old 03-29-2011, 01:51 AM   #7
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Hitchens' book is definitely a winner. I also found myself enjoying The New Atheism: Taking a Stand for Science and Reason, by Victor J Stenger.
Thanks for this recommendation.

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Old 03-29-2011, 02:24 AM   #8
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Found a few here in the MR library. The links are the EPUB/LRF versions, but other formats are available.

Good Sense without God:
http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=24502

Shelley's "The Necessity of Atheism"
http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...hlight=atheism

Brooks' "The Necessity of Atheism":
http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=22061
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"Letter to a Christian Nation" by Sam Harris is quite good and is available as an ebook. It's rather short; you can probably get through it in a couple of hours.
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"Demon Haunted World" by Carl Sagan.
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If you want to dip into fiction, Terry Pratchett's "Truckers" and its two sequels are actually what introduced me to the concept of atheism when I was a child.
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Old 03-29-2011, 05:45 PM   #12
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Not a book, but a Free Man's Worship, by Bertrand Russell, is a brilliant and beautiful essay. You can get it here at mobileread.

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=79595

The essay was actually a part of a larger collection called Mysticism and Logic.
http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=24102

He has also written a famous essay called "Why I am Not A Christian," which you can read online.

Here is the second paragraph from the essay:

How, in such an alien and inhuman world, can so powerless a creature as Man preserve his aspirations untarnished? A strange mystery it is that Nature, omnipotent but blind, in the revolutions of her secular hurryings through the abysses of space, has brought forth at last a child, subject still to her power, but gifted with sight, with knowledge of good and evil, with the capacity of judging all the works of his unthinking Mother. In spite of death, the mark and seal of the parental control, Man is yet free, during his brief years, to examine, to criticise, to know, and in imagination to create. To him alone, in the world with which he is acquainted, this freedom belongs; and in this lies his superiority to the resistless forces that control his outward life.
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Agnostic authors

Robert Ingersoll was an agnostic and great speaker in the 19th Century.

Dan Barker is an ex-evangelist turned atheist author and leader of the movement.

Bart Erhman is an ex-evangelist turned agnostic Bible-history professor and author.

All have written interesting books worth reading.

You might also enjoy Mark Twain's "The Mysterious Stranger" and "Letters from the Earth".
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You might also enjoy Mark Twain's "The Mysterious Stranger" and "Letters from the Earth".
And The War Prayer.

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Old 04-03-2011, 08:37 AM   #15
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This is an interesting thread. Thank you to all who have provided links to books I was not aware of. However, I would like to pose a related question.

I actually have never felt the need to justify my atheism. To me atheism has always been the simplest and most logical baseline. It should be incumbent on those who tout some of the more outlandish beliefs of various religions to provide justification for that.

On the other hand I don't see much point in books that are hostile to religion. Having read Dawkins and Hitchens I find that they, and Hitchens in particular, put too much blame on religion for the world's woes. Yes, Christianity has caused a lot of death and destruction, but nothing compared to that caused by greed and bigotry.

What I am more interested in is a book that discusses why so many people still believe in religion. I recall reading an article some time ago that suggested that this believe actually was part of our evolution. That belief in supernatural reward and punishment in this life, and perhaps even more important in an imagined limitless afterlife (there's and oxymoron for you ), helped coerce our evolutionary ancestors into behaviors that had rewards for species survival. I would be interested in a book that provided an expanded discussion of that idea.
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