These books are recommended by me and/or other Redditors.
If you see a book with nothing in the 3rd "mini-review" column and have something to say about the book, please PM me with your suggestion!
- ATH: Atheism-related
- BIB: Bible-related, esp. Jesus-related
- FIC: Fiction (other than BIB), with an atheist theme
- HIS: History
- MOR: Morality
- SCI: Science
Dead tree (Amazon links)
|If you see a book with nothing in the 4th "mini-review" column and have something to say about the book, please PM me with your suggestion!|
|Alfred Ayer||SCI||Language, Truth and Logic|
|Dan Barker||ATH||Godless: How an Evangelical Preacher Became One of America's Leading Atheists|
|Larry Beinhart||FIC||Salvation Boulevard||Fiction. A detective thriller with a dead atheist, a Muslim suspect, a Jewish lawyer and a whole lot of Christian fundamentalists. Pulpy but fun.|
|Jesse Bering||SCI||The Belief Instinct||Recommended by ceramicfiver: I do recommend it as a supplement to the usual authors around atheism. It's very objective and formal, and very scientific with tons of citations.|
|Susan Blackmore||SCI||The Meme Machine||interesting because of her theories on religion and conscience.|
|Richard Carrier||ATH SCI MOR||Sense and Goodness Without God: A Defense of Metaphysical Naturalism||Please see my review of this book, which I highly recommend.|
|HIS BIB||Not the Impossible Faith||A very detailed refutation of the claim that Christianity would not have gotten off the ground if the Resurrection were not a proven fact. Lots of useful tidbits of history. A draft form of this book is available online here!|
|Jerry A. Coyne||SCI||Why Evolution Is True|
|Richard Dawkins||ATH||The God Delusion||One of the classics of "New Atheist" literature. Intellectually thorough and schoolmasterly, but people of faith like to call it "strident."|
|SCI||The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution|
|SCI/ATH||Unweaving the Rainbow: Science, Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder||Science does not detract from awe and wonder, but adds to it!|
|Daniel Dennett||ATH||Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon||Intense book, to say the least. Dennett doesn't pull many punches and he requires a fairly large attention span to get through, but he explores religion as a natural and cultural phenomenon.|
|Bart Ehrman||BIB||Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible|
|BIB||Lost Scriptures: Books that Did Not Make It into the New Testament||A pretty decent and organized collection of apocrypha. And he puts them all in the historical context.|
|BIB||Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed The Bible and Why|
|BIB||The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings|
|Helen Ellerbe||HIS||The Dark Side of Christian History||A summary of the many crimes against humanity committed by the Christian churches. The author is a feminist, pagan-leaning Christian but her historical scholarship is said to be sound.|
|Richard Feynman||SCI||QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter||Nothing to do with atheism, admittedly. For the science buffs out there.|
|David Fitzgerald||BIB||Nailed: Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed at All||See also his video from Skepticon III! Also available as an essay (PDF!)|
|Sam Harris||ATH||Letter to a Christian Nation||A thin book directed at Christians, about what the problem is. Afterword.|
|ATH||The End of Faith||Why we should end religions.|
|MOR||The Moral Landscape||Though the author doesn't spell out a strict moral code created by science, he at least proves that such a code can exist.
ThePantsParty says Practical Ethics is much better, though.
|Steven Hawking||SCI||The Grand Design||How the universe came to be, without a creator. A small book explaining M-theory and related cosmology in layman's terms.
If you don't want to buy the book, at least watch A Universe From Nothing!
|Christopher Hitchens||ATH||God Is Not Great: How Religion poisons everything||Hitchens' classic rant against religion.|
|Dromedary Hump||ATH||Atheist Camel Chronicles||A collection of 2-page articles on a wide variety of atheist debate topics.|
|Robert Ingersoll||BIB||Some Mistakes of Moses||Debunking the Old Testament.
This is a classic, over 100 years old. Here's the text online.
|Craig James||ATH||The Religion Virus: Why We Believe in God||An Evolutionist Explains Religion's Incredible Hold on Humanity|
|William James||SCI||Varieties of Religious Experience||James was a psychologist/philosopher/physician who studied the effects of religious experience from a purely psychological standpoint. It was written in 1901, so there isn't the access to neuroscience to add to the argument, but James makes some very interesting/damning observations. I read it six or seven years ago and I can honestly say it helped start me out on my way from a life of faith, even though he states it is not intended to be damning, simply objective. (Recommendation by coversherinclubsauce)|
|John Loftus||ATH||The Christian Delusion: Why Faith Fails||A collection of writings by experts on aspects of various fields of research that refute Christian ideas. See my mini-review.|
|Lawrence Krauss||SCI||A Universe From Nothing: Why There is Something Rather Than Nothing||An explanation of science's current best understanding of how the universe came to be from not being. See also his popular video talk on the same subject!|
|Michel Onfray||ATH||Atheist Manifesto: The Case Against Christianity, Judaism, and Islam||A philosopher's scathing indictment of the Abrahamic religions, with a lot of atheist history.|
|John Allen Paulos||ATH||Irreligion: A Mathematician Explains Why the Arguments for God Just Don't Add Up||Very concise, excellent resource for countering common theist arguments.|
|Philip Pullman||FIC||His Dark Materials Trilogy (The Golden Compass; The Subtle Knife; The Amber Spyglass)||Fiction with strong atheist overtones: The Church is not the good guys. A children's story for adults from an atheist author.|
|FIC/BIB||The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ (Myths)||Fictional spin-off from the Jesus story, with some twists that make it unkind toward the "official" story.|
|Bertrand Russell||ATH||All of his books as listed by Amazon||Sorry to say, I haven't read any of his books. I did read (and recommend!) Why I Am Not A Christian (speech).|
|Carl Sagan||ATH/SCI||The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark||About UFOs, alien abductions and many other irrational beliefs held by people ignorant of science. With very thoughtful social commentary.|
|ATH/SCI||Lots of references to other books of his in this post.|
|Robert Sheaffer||BIB||Making of the Messiah: Christianity and Resentment||Jesus the bastard child turns blasphemer, is hung on a pole till dead, and stays that way.|
|Peter Singer||MOR||Practical Ethics||A highly recommended introduction to various moral frameworks, especially Preference Utilitarianism, with examples concerning many important modern-day topics.|
|Al Stefanelli||ATH||A Voice of Reason in an Unreasonable World:
The Rise of Atheism on Planet Earth
|A cordial and passionate explanation of why atheism is gaining, and why it had better win! Insightful exposure of the Christian Right in the USA. See my mini review.|
|Victor Stenger||ATH/SCI||God: The Failed Hypothesis.How Science Shows That God Does Not Exist|
|CJ Werleman||ATH||God Hates You, Hate Him Back: Making Sense of The Bible|
|SCI||The Authoritarians||by Bob Altemeyer. An explanation of the psychology behind beliefs strongly held in the face of conflicting evidence|
|BIB||The Brick Testament||"Interesting" Bible excerpts, irreverently illustrated with Legos.|
|BIB||The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire||A classic book, full text! Christianity treated in chapters 15/16.|
|SCI||Free evolution book downloads||Featured on the Richard Dawkins Foundation site.|
|BIB||Evil Bible||"Fighting against immorality in religion."|
|ATH||The Necessity of Atheism||A solid atheist book by D.M. Brooks.|
|BIB||New Testament Problems|
|BIB||Old Testament Problems|
|BIB||Online Parallel Bible||Many versions of the Bible for each verse, plus standard explanatory comments.|
|BIB||The Skeptic's Annotated Bible||Summary of Bible errors, contradictions, etc.|
|ATH||Why I Am Not A Christian||by Richard Carrier. 4 reasons why God as described by Christianity doesn't make sense.|
In the queue
Atheism: A Reader; recommended by WellHeresMyFourthAcc.
Ultimate Truth-Seeker's Challenge - A list of a series of books both apologetic and skeptical exploring theism and atheism in great depth. About 10,000 pages total!!!
errancy.org - a collection of Bible problems, rated by severity.