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Atheists: What books/movies have you read that contributed to your disbelief of God?

I was just reading a thread about movies called "Religulous" and "Selling God"

winter break is coming soon, I might as well watch some of these movies or read some books (although I already have a lot on my plate for reading)


To be honest, I've read more christian apologetics books than pro-atheist books, when I was christian I argued against atheists, and now that I'm atheist I know all the arguments incoming lol

Update 2:

I had a friend who rejected his Christianity and his belief in God after watching the movie "The Last Samurai" starring Tom Cruise.


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  • 9 years ago
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    My disbelief in gods is a direct result of a lack of evidence any gods exist - but here's a list for you:

    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

  • Mia
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    I can't say that any particular book really contributed to my disbelief. The theistic claims themselves once I examined them objectively just didn't withstand scrutiny. I haven't had any clear revelations from a god and I'm not able to see the logic of belief in far fetched things on faith or that this would really be a virtue. I read "The God Delusion" long after I was already an atheist and I think its a good brief examination of the rejection of theistic claims and why. I really like "The Demon Haunted World" by Carl Sagan. Its not really about atheism but rather examing all claims objectively on the evidence. I would also agree though that reading the Bible played a role in my questioning its claims and my journey to concluding I don't believe in the existence of a god or gods.

  • 9 years ago

    HAHAHA...love the Last Samurai comment!!!

    Religulous is good, of course. And, like I said before, the Selling God I saw during a class regarding the consumption of religion. There are some flaws in both, but are still overwhelmingly useful. This is a comical one too.

    Another decent one is "Lord, Save us from your Followers". He talks to religious people througout the movie and tries to understand the divisive nature of religion.

    Another one that I saw not too long ago was "The God Who Wasn't There" directed by Brian Fleming. He is an ex-christian fundamentalist. This one is really god in my opinion. He has Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris in the documentary, but they don't have an overwhelming presence.

    Other than the bible, I didn't need any books/movies to actually contribute to my atheism, but these 4 movies seemed to help friends of mine with a few of the questions they were dealing with....or a few of the things they couldn't reconcile with their faith. They make a lot of sense when viewed with an open mind. Yep, the bible was the only book that contributed to my disbelief. I too was a christian fundamentalist for 26 years before I took my blinders off and read the bible with an open mind.

  • Mike B
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    9 years ago

    The discovery that Santa was not real when I was six. Reading the bible and thinking how much it seemed to have in common with various science books and films I had read when I was 12, and further reinforced by my studying of sciences, specifically Physics, Chemistry and Astronomy.

    In recent years the reading of books, not just Dawkins (he often tries to be controversial and in doing so he does come across as smug), try Simon Singh's the Big Bang, it explains a lot of the science in easy to understand terms and gives the history of what we know from stone age times, through Galileo to the present day and gives a lot of time to showing how the evidence for the Big Bang over took all the other ideas to come to the forefront by having a lot of evidence to back it up.

    Personally I would not bother watching films, there is always some fictionalisation to make them popular, a good solid book written by an accredited author with up to date knowledge will always be better.

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  • Adrian
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    9 years ago

    It was only the company of believers that made me an atheist. No book or other media was involved. If you've ever spent any time in the company of the crazies who claim to believe in the unbelievable, you'd know what I mean.

    Since I don't necessarily read or watch that which promotes my realistic position on this matter (it's like preaching to the choir), I don't have any suggestions for you. Take a look at works by Richard Dawkins. He's a bloody genius.

  • 9 years ago

    What first set me on the road to Atheism was not a book but the song Imagine by John Lennon also really reading the Bible lead me to ask questions that no one had answers to . Simple questions like where did all the water go after Noahs flood the. Why did Jacob lie to his father Issacc in order to get the family blessing . ect...

  • ?
    Lv 5
    9 years ago

    The Principia Discordia

  • 9 years ago

    I had a friend who rejected his Christianity and his belief in God after watching the movie "The Last Samurai" starring Tom Cruise.

    I know... it doesn't make any sense to me either...

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Did it on my own but read some things by Twain (of all people) afterwards that sounded like what I came up with by myself. Also, Joe Heller's "Catch-22." Not all about god and religion but the best novel ever.

  • 9 years ago

    The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins, if you haven't already.

    He's just released another, unsure of title sorry.

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