Literature for the non-believer?

I'm trying to build up my Wish List on with books that I find interesting and would like to buy in the near future.

Could anyone recommend a book or two on non-beleif that they think is excellent and worth reading? Also, give a little summation of the books thesis and why you liked it.

I've read read the 'mainstream' atheist literature (Dawkins, Hitchens, Harris, Stenger, etc.)


@ Booth: I could tell by the title it'd be a horrible book

10 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    2000 Years of Disbelief by James Haught

    Against All Gods by A.C. Grayling

    Atheist Universe by David Mills

    Attack Upon Christendom by Soren Kierkegaard

    Breaking the Spell by Daniel Dennett

    Fighting Words by Hector Avalos

    * God is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens

    God: The Failed Hypothesis by Victor Stenger

    Losing Faith in Faith by Dan Barker

    Natural Atheism by David Eller

    Nothing by Nica Lalli

    On the Genealogy of Morals by Friedrich Nietzsche

    On the Nature of Things by Lucretius

    * The Demon Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan

    The End of Faith by Sam Harris

    The Essence of Christianity by Ludwig Feuerbach

    * The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins

    The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion by James George Frazer

    The Jesus Puzzle by Earl Doherty

    The Quotable Atheist by Jack Huberman

    Why I Am Not a Christian by Bertrand Russell

    Why I Rejected Christianity by John Loftus

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Religion and the Decline of Magic by Keith Thomas is mainly a work about the end of occult belief systems between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

    But it is also an excellent general work about why people subscribe to irrational belief systems, and why they may then abandon them.

    Christianity today is pretty much where witchcraft was around the early 1600's. Most people have serious doubts, but have not yet found the courage to declare themselves as non-believers.

  • 5 years ago

    Read some books by Sam Harris like The End of Faith, The Moral Landscape, and Letter to a Christian Nation.

  • 1 decade ago

    The Book Of Atheist Spirituality--Andre Comte-Spoonville

    According to Comte-Spoonville,we have allowed the concept of spirituality to become intertwined with religion and thus have lost touch with the nature of a true spiritual existence. In order to change this,however,we need not reject the ancient traditions and values that are part of our heritage; rather, we must rethink our relationship to these values and ask ourselves whether their significance comes from the existence of a higher power or simply from the human need to connect to one another and the universe. Comte-Sponville offers rigorous,reasoned arguments that take both the Eastern and Western philosophical traditions into account. Through his clear,concise,and often humorous prose,he offers a convincing treatise on a new form of spiritual life.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Small Gods by Terry Pratchett

    Hogfather by Terry Pratchett

    Lamb by Christopher Moore.

  • YY4Me
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    There's a great book you can read on-line, or download free. It was recommended several years ago by another R&S poster, SuperAtheist. I downloaded it, and highlighted so many passages that almost the entire thing is yellow.

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    Superstition in All Ages




    Source(s): . ~ "A mind is a terrible thing to waste." ~ .
  • 1 decade ago

    This one's not specifically atheist literature, but I found it immensely helpful in being able to order my own beliefs:

    The Web Of Belief by Quine and Ullian.

  • 1 decade ago

    Farewell To God, by Charles Templeton--he was the other half of the Billy Graham Crusades until he became agnostic.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The Demon Haunted World - Carl Sagan

  • 1 decade ago

    Anything by T Lobsang Rampa

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