Can you recommend a book for someone leaving a religion and becoming a non-believer?

I have a friend who is now facing this matter. Can anyone recommend a book on transitioning from religious to non-religious?


I should add that my friend is coming from a VERY limited philosophical perspective. In other words, a book that is easy to read would be great.

10 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    First: The Demon Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan. It deals with all kinds of nonsense beliefs. Then:

    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 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

    God's Problem by Bart Ehrman. This account of a Biblical scholar giving up his faith regretfully, but for the sake of intellectual honesty is more appealing to the undecided than those books that are "preaching to the choir" of those already decided.

    To be fair with him you should also recommend (or read yourself) The Reason for God, by Tim Keller. If that is too lightweight and you have a Catholic background, I recommend as a balance to Ehrman, The Suffering of Love by Regis Martin.

  • manthe
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    relies upon on what you're in seek of for. once you're merely searching for debate from an atheist viewpoint, Dawkins is okay. yet once you're searching for an actually academic e book, Erhman is the single to choose for. Miquoting Jesus, lost Christianities or Jesus, Interrupted. Erhman replaced right into a Christian, went to varsity to be a Christian student and quickly found out that issues do no longer click.... so he claims to be agnostic.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The Miracle of Mindfulness

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Small Gods, by Terry Pratchett.

    American Gods, by Neil Gaiman.

  • Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    @Dreamstuff Entity is risen, loved your Profile page.

    Finding Truth:

    In the Kalama Sutra, Buddha says.

    Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it..

    Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many.

    Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books.

    Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders.

    Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations.

    But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I've heard that the God Delusion by Richard Dawkins helps.

  • CrG
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Any book written by John Powell, author of "He Touched Me".

  • 1 decade ago

    God Delusion or the Holy Bible...

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