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Old 10-30-2008, 09:39 PM
 
Location: Santa Monica
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Not a bad beginning list found at this web site:
Atheist Revolution: Atheism 101: A Reading List

One comment I found at this site made the point that the groundwork for atheism is greatly laid by a basic knowledge of science.

A second point, my own, is that after one disposes intellectually with the *need* for God to exist, the next question is whether to form a different kind of conception of God (non-theistic, that is, not having the characteristics of a person).

The movement must emphasize that it is based on reason and rational processes.

I think that once the vast majority of people on the Earth realize that human welfare is in our own hands because a theistic God does not exist to intervene in history or to "pull" mankind toward a particular climax of history (such as an apocalypse), there would be several important new movements that would spring up to ensure the sustainability of human society on the planet:

* protect the scientific enterprise (education, funding, set priorities of subject matter to research)

* allow basic human rights and freedoms, including freedom of thought and speech

* encourage new religious movements that encourage Earth friendliness and long-term economic sustainability on the one hand, but inner-seeking spiritual activities that result in peaceful relations among individuals
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Old 10-31-2008, 02:57 PM
 
Location: Santa Monica
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Found these quotations today.

Science is a way of trying not to fool yourself. The first principle is that you must not fool yourself — and you are the easiest person to fool. So you have to be very careful about that. After you've not fooled yourself, it's easy not to fool other scientists. You just have to be honest in a conventional way after that.
— Richard Feynman, Caltech commencement address, 1974

Religion is a culture of faith; science is a culture of doubt.
— Richard Feynman
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Old 10-31-2008, 06:28 PM
 
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I also like Natural Atheism by David Eller. I also liked the Portable Atheist but not for a beginner. I'm personally not too fond of God is Not Great, End of Faith, and Breaking the Spell. Perhaps I'll visit them later. It's not the content but the prose of the books. Unfortunately we don't have a real good all-around atheist book.

Some of my other favorite non-atheist starter books:

Evolution by Carl Zimmer
Monkey Girl by Edward Humes
The Christians as the Romans Saw Them by Robert Wilken
Prophyry's Against the Christians by R. Joseph Hoffmann
The Age of Reason by Thomas Paine
History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russell

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Old 10-31-2008, 09:40 PM
 
Location: DFW
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I never really read any atheist books until this year. I've read about 6 in the last few months: The God Delusion (Dawkins), god in not Great (Hitchens), Atheist Manifesto (Michael Onfray), Atheism A Reader (compilation book), The Little Book of Atheist Spirituality (Andre Comte-Sponville), How to be a Good Atheist (Nick Harding). All are pretty interesting in their own regard. I'd recommend The Little Book of Atheist Spirituality to anyone looking for something “lighter” then The God Delusion. On a side note, A Demon Haunted World of course would be great supplementary material as well. Not an atheist book really but a great modern classic on science and rationale.
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Old 10-31-2008, 09:45 PM
 
Location: NC, USA
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Well, as previously stated, "letters from Earth" by Twain, "Why I am not a Christian" Bertrand Russell, both are good reads. There have been several lists of good reading material on various other posts.
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Old 11-01-2008, 03:56 PM
 
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godless by Dan Barker
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Old 11-01-2008, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Nashville, Tn
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I agree with Dusty. When I read Why I am Not A Christian by Bertrand Russell a few years ago I felt like he just nailed the logic and reasoning so powerfully that I have to say it's one of the best books I've ever read.
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