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Postby jlloydsanders » Tue Oct 09, 2012 4:22 pm

I have compiled a reading list of 151 books. Currently I am finishing up GODLESS by Dan Barker. Next I will read GOD IS NOT GREAT by Hitchens. What is everyone else reading? And what are your favorites? Below is the top 20 sorted by author. For the full list I can email that to whomever.

Seven Clues to the Origin of Life: A Scientific Detective Story
A Better Place
America's Most Hated Woman: The Life And Gruesome Death of Madalyn Murray O'hair
Women Without Superstition: No Gods, No Masters
Infidel
A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century
Piety & Politics: The Right-Wing Assault on Religious Freedom
God's Problem: How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important Question--Why We Suffer
Lost Christianities: The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew
Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why
Why I Am Not a Christian
The Atheist: Madalyn Murray O'Hair
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
The Origin of Species: By Means of Natural Selection or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life
When Religion Becomes Evil
When God Is Gone, Everything Is Holy: The Making of a Religious Naturalist
God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything
The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever
Is Christianity Good for the World? A Debate
Godless: How an Evangelical Preacher Became One of America's Leading Atheists
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Re: Reading List

Postby ProphetSHSU » Mon Nov 26, 2012 6:52 pm

I'd love to have the full list :)
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Re: Reading List

Postby jlloydsanders » Mon Nov 26, 2012 7:23 pm

Seven Clues to the Origin of Life: A Scientific Detective Story A. G. Cairns-Smith
A Better Place Alonzo Fyfe
America's Most Hated Woman: The Life And Gruesome Death of Madalyn Murray O'hair Ann Rowe Seaman
Women Without Superstition: No Gods, No Masters Annie Laurie Gaylor
Infidel Ayaan Hirsi Ali
A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century Barbara W. Tuchman
Piety & Politics: The Right-Wing Assault on Religious Freedom Barry W Lynn
God's Problem: How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important Question--Why We Suffer Bart D. Ehrman
Lost Christianities: The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew Bart D. Ehrman
Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why Bart D. Ehrman
Why I Am Not a Christian Bertrand Russell
The Atheist: Madalyn Murray O'Hair Bryan Le Beau
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark Carl Sagan
The Origin of Species: By Means of Natural Selection or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life Charles Darwin
When Religion Becomes Evil Charles Kimball
When God Is Gone, Everything Is Holy: The Making of a Religious Naturalist Chet Raymo
God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything Christopher Hitchens
The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever Christopher Hitchens
Is Christianity Good for the World? A Debate Christopher Hitchens & Douglas Wilson
Godless: How an Evangelical Preacher Became One of America's Leading Atheists Dan Barker
Losing Faith in Faith: From Preacher to Atheist Dan Barker
Consciousness Explained Daniel C. Dennett
Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life Daniel C. Dennett
Freedom Evolves Daniel C. Dennett
The Mind's I: Fantasies and Reflections on Self & Soul Daniel C. Dennett
Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon Daniel Dennet
Atheism Advanced: Further Thoughts of a Freethinker David Eller
Natural Atheism David Eller
Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion: The Posthumous Essays of the Immortality of the Soul and of Suicide David Hume & Richard H. Popkin
Atheist Universe: The Thinking Person's Answer to Christian Fundamentalism David Mills
Darwin's Cathedral: Evolution, Religion, and the Nature of Society David Sloan Wilson
Within Reason: Rationality and Human Behavior Donald Calne
Evolution: What the Fossils Say and Why It Matters Donald R. Prothero
The Salmon of Doubt Douglas Adams
What Is Atheism?: A Short Introduction Douglas E. Krueger
The Jesus Puzzle: Did Christianity Begin with a Mythical Christ? Challenging the Existence of an Historical Jesus Earl Doherty
The True Believer : Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements Eric Hoffer
Evolution vs. Creationism: An Introduction Eugenie C. Scott
Atheism: The Case Against God George H. Smith
Why Atheism George Smith
Anthology of Atheism and Rationalism Gordon Stein
Arguing about Gods Graham Oppy
Theism and Explanation Gregory Dawes
50 Reasons People Give for Believing in a God Guy P. Harrison
The End of Biblical Studies Hector Avalos
Asimov's Guide to the Bible Issac Asimov
The Wisdom to Doubt J. L. Schellenberg
Prolegomena to a Philosophy of Religion J. L. Schellenberg
The Quotable Atheist: Ammunition for Non-Believers, Political Junkies, Gadflies, and Those Generally Hell-Bound Jack Huberman
The Secular Bible: Why Nonbelievers Must Take Religion Seriously Jacques Berlinerblau
2000 Years of Disbelief: Famous People With the Courage to Doubt James A. Haught
Golden Bough: The Roots of Religion and Folklore James George Frazer
Holy Hatred James Haught
The Religious Case Against Belief James P. Carse
The Faith Healers James Randi
Biblical Nonsense: A Review of the Bible for Doubting Christians Jason Long
Christian No More: On Leaving Christianity, Debunking Christianity, and Embracing Atheism and Freethinking Jeffrey Mark
Doubt: A History: The Great Doubters and Their Legacy of Innovation Jennifer Michael Hecht
Terror in the Name of God: Why Religious Militants Kill Jessica Stern
The Atheist's Bible: An Illustrious Collection of Irreverent Thoughts Joan Konner
Irreligion: A Mathematician Explains Why the Arguments for God Just Don't Add Up John Allen Paulos
World Religions: The Great Faiths Explored & Explained John Bowker
Why I Became an Atheist: A Former Preacher Rejects Christianity John W. Loftus
Logic and Theism: Arguments For and Against Beliefs in God Jordan Howard Sobel
The Bible Unmasked Joseph Lewis
A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam Karen Armstrong
The Battle for God Karen Armstrong
Finding Darwin's God: A Scientist's Search for Common Ground Between God and Evolution Kenneth R. Miller
The Fundamentals of Extremism Kimberly Blaker
An Atheist Epic: The Complete Unexpurgated Story of How Bible and Prayers Were Removed from the Public Schools of the United States Madalyn Murray O'Hair
Atheist Primer: Did You Know All the Gods Came from the Same Place? Madalyn Murray O'Hair
What On Earth Is An Atheist! Madalyn Murray O'Hair
The Counter-Creationism Handbook Mark Isaak
The Cooperative Gene: How Mendel's Demon Explains the Evolution of Complex Beings Mark Ridley
No Sense of Obligation: Science & Religion in an Impersonal Universe Matt Young
Why Intelligent Design Fails Matt Young & Taner Edis
The Cambridge Companion to Atheism Michael Martin
The Improbability of God Michael Martin
The Impossibility of God Michael Martin
The Combridge Companion to Atheism Michael Martin
Atheism: A Philosophical Justification Michael Martin
Atheism, Morality, and Meaning Michael Martin
Atheist Manifesto: The Case Against Christianity, Judaism, and Islam Michael Onfray
How We Believe, 2nd Edition: Science, Skepticism, and the Search for God Michael Shermer
Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time Michael Shermer
Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism Michelle Goldberg
The Atheist's Introduction to the New Testament: How the Bible Undermines the Basic Teachings of Christianity Mike Davis
The End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot Naomi Wolf
Everything You Know About God Is Wrong: The Disinformation Guide to Religion Neil Gaiman
Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body Neil Shubin
The Non-Existence of God Nicholas Everitt
The Atheists Are Revolting! Nick Gisburne
The God Beyond Belief Nick Trakkis
Religion Explained Pascal Boyer
Religion Explained Pascal Boyer
Critiques of God: Making the Case Against Belief in God Peter Adam Angeles
Society without God: What the Least Religious Nations Can Tell Us About Contentment Phil Zuckerman
Darwin Philip Appleman
Sense & Goodness Without God: A Defense of Metaphysical Naturalism Richard Carrier
A Devil's Chaplain: Reflections on Hope, Lies, Science, and Love Richard Dawkins
The Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution Richard Dawkins
The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design Richard Dawkins
The Extended Phenotype: The Long Reach of the Gene Richard Dawkins
The God Delusion Richard Dawkins
Unweaving the Rainbow: Science, Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder Richard Dawkins
The Selfish Gene Richard Dawkins
Who Wrote the Bible? Richard E. Friedman
Why the Religious Right is Wrong (about Separation of Church and State) Robert Boston
American Infidel Robert G. Ingersoll
Challenging the Bible:: Selections from the Writings And Speeches of Robert G. Ingersoll Robert G. Ingersoll
Superstition: Belief in the Age of Science Robert L. Park
Deconstructing Jesus Robert M. Price
The Skeptic's Dictionary: A Collection of Strange Beliefs, Amusing Deceptions, and Dangerous Delusions Robert Todd Carroll
Unauthorized Version: Truth and Fiction in the Bible Robin Lane Fox
Arguing for Atheism: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion Robin LePoidevin
Living Without God: New Directions for Atheists, Agnostics, Secularists, and the Undecided Ronald Aronson
The Born Again Skeptic's Guide to the Bible Ruth Green
Letter to a Christian Nation Sam Harris
The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason Sam Harris
In Gods We Trust: The Evolutionary Landscape of Religion Scott Atran
Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo and the Making of the Animal Kingdom Sean Carroll
The Tenacity of Unreasonable Beliefs: Fundamentalism and the Fear of Truth Solomon Schimmel
The Structure of Evolutionary Theory Stephen Jay Gould
Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know--And Doesn't Stephen Prothero
Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism Susan Jacoby
The Age of American Unreason Susan Jacoby
Science and Nonbelief Taner Edis
UnGodly: the Passions, Torments and Murder of Atheist Madalyn Murray O'Hair Ted Dracos
Common Sense Thomas Paine
The Age of Reason Thomas Paine
Minds and Gods: The Cognitive Foundations of Religion Todd Tremlin
Has Science Found God?: The Latest Results in the Search for Purpose in the Universe Victor J. Stenger
God: The Failed Hypothesis. How Science Shows That God Does Not Exist Victor J. Stenger
Can God Be Free William Rowe
The Case Against Christianity Michael Martin
Nonbelief & Evil: Two Arguments for the Nonexistence of God Theodore M. Drange
The Will to Imagine: A Justification of Skeptical Religion J. L. Schellenberg
The God Virus: How religion infects our lives and culture Darrel W. Ray
Why I Am Not a Christian: Four Conclusive Reasons to Reject the Faith Richard Carrier
Disproving Christianity: Refuting the World's Most Followed Religion David G. McAfee
The God Problem: How A Godless Cosmos Create Howard K. Bloom
Atheism and the Case Against Christ Matthew S. McCormick
Jesus Lied: He Was Only Human: Debunking The New Testament CJ Werleman
The Religion Virus: Why We Believe in God: An Evolutionist Explains Religion's Incredible Hold on Humanity Craig A. James
What About Gods? Chris Brockman
Free Thoughts - A Collection Of Essays By An American Atheist Al Stefanelli
The Atheist's Guide to Reality: Enjoying Life without Illusions Alexander Rosenberg
Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon Daniel Dennet
The Little Book of Atheist Spirituality Andre Comte-Sponville
Why Evolution Is True Jerry A. Coyne
50 Voices of Disbelief: Why We Are Atheists Russell Blackford
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Re: Reading List

Postby Lausten » Wed Nov 28, 2012 3:15 am

Impressive. I share a few of those and recognize many. You've got enough to build a curriculum.

How would you rate Shellenberg?
The Wisdom to Doubt J. L. Schellenberg
Prolegomena to a Philosophy of Religion J. L. Schellenberg

Do his books build on each other? Should you start at any particular one? I'd like to cheat and just get the cliff notes version of him, but I haven't found much on the web. Any suggestions for how best to approach his works?
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Re: Reading List

Postby jlloydsanders » Wed Nov 28, 2012 2:08 pm

I'll be honest I have not read most of these books. I listened to an audio version of The God Delusion. I have read part of Letter to a Christian Nation (which has been misplaced somewhere). My main goal was to get a list of good athiest books. I figured like most subjects there are some great, good, and bad. I compiled the list by using Google and Amazon.
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Re: Reading List

Postby Lausten » Wed Nov 28, 2012 5:59 pm

Ahh, right, I saw that in the OP, then forgot. Good effort anyway.

One you might miss is "Jesus for the Non-Religious" by John Shelby Spong. The title sounds like it is trying to sell Jesus to non-believers, but I read as a believer and it put a huge crack in my faith. It breaks down many myths and gently explains why they aren't true. It should be titled "Skepticism for the Religious". The weird thing is Spong explains that he is still faithful in the back of the book. So, it leaves that open for believers, but I found his explanation unconvincing. It's basically, "I believe because it feels good."
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Re: Reading List

Postby Tico » Thu Feb 07, 2013 12:13 am

Great List!! It's unfortunately that life is so short. There is so much to read and so little time.

"CAIN" by Saramago

"The atheist guide to Christmas" Several Authors.
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Re: Reading List

Postby Nitz Walsh » Fri Feb 08, 2013 7:48 am

Thanks for the list. I'll have to check some of them out if I haven't already.
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