Why You Don't Go to Church Anymore

 

                 

 

 

 

                        Resources

 

Akerley, Ben Edward (1998) "The X-rated Bible".   Focuses on Biblical portrayals of sex, homosexuality, rape, and other X-rated topics

 

Angeles, Peter A. (1997) "Critiques of God: Making the Case Against Belief in God"  Articles by modern philosophers of the problem of God

 

Armstrong, Karen (1994)   "A History of God: The 4,000 Year Question of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam".  A history of monotheism written by one of the foremost writers on religion

Barker, Dan (2008)  "Godless: How and Evangelical Preacher Became One of America’s Leading Atheist".  This book is both an excellent source of atheist thought and a moving testimonial of one man’s climb from mythology to truth

Boghossian, Peter (2013) "A Manual for Creating Atheists"   Teaches what the author calls “street epistemology,” by which those who believe in myths are challenged and helped to embrace reason

 

Boyd, Dr. Greg and Boyd, Edward K. (1973)  "Letters from a Skeptic "  A preacher and his skeptical father exchange letters designed to convert the father. One reason to read it: the holes in the preacher's arguments are so gaping that they’re both funny and infuriating. Sadly, the otherwise  intelligent father doesn’t use his head, and converts.

Chamberlain, Paul (1996) “Can We Be Good Without God?” Explores morality without religion.

 

Conner, Jonah David (2017)  "All That’s Wrong with the Bible: Contradictions, Absurdities, and More".  A slim volume presenting many problems with the Holy Word

Dawkins, Richard (2006)  "The God Delusion".  Dawkins has written many books and papers on religious belief. This is my favorite. It shreds the typical arguments for God, demonstrates the irrationality of a belief in God, and describes the harm that religion has done from the Crusades to 9/11

 

Ehrman, Bart D. (2006) "Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changes the Bible and Why".  Describes biblical apology and the creation of the Christian belief structure of yesterday and today

Graves, Kersey (2007)  "The World’s Sixteen Crucified Saviors" A wonderful, unique book that compares Christian mythology to those of other, older religions

 

Hauser, Marc. “Moral Minds: How Nature Designed our Universal Sense of Right and Wrong” (2007) Explores universal morality.

Hitchens, Christopher (2009)  "God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything." Like Dawkins, Hitchens has written extensively on religion. Here, in a very witty book, Hitchens attacks the malignant force of religion in our world

 

Hitchens, Christopher (Editor) (2007) "The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever".  Hitchens compiled essays on religion from the most famous atheists. He includes Lucretius, Benedict de Spinoza, Mark Twain, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, and dozens more

Klein, Peter (2018) "Beyond God: Why Religions are False, Outdated and Dangerous".  Klein pits religion against science, and guess which wins out.

Loftus, John (Editor)  (2010)  The Christian Delusion: Why Faith Fails A collection of essays debunking Christian mythology on various topics, including the validity of the Bible, the morality of the Christian god, and the myth of Jesus

 

McAfee, David (2010)  "Disproving Christianity and Other Secular Writings." In a brief book, McAfee compiles popular and less common arguments against Christianity

 

McAfee, David (2012) "Mom, Dad, I’m an Atheist: The Guide to Coming Out as a Nonbeliever".   Many people hide the fact that they are atheists, but this causes others to assume that the people are Christians. Coming out can be hard. This book will help

McGown, Dale, PhD "Atheism for Dummies."   Thorough overview of atheism

Miles, Jack "God: A Biography" This amazing book won the Pulitzer prize. Miles approaches God as the protagonist of a novel or biography. What is God’s life story? How has he changed over the years, and what led to those changes? What is his relationship with Man?

 

Navabi, Armin (2014). "Why There is no God"  Answers to 20 common arguments for the existence of God

 

“The Onion,” a magazine based on satirical news headlines. [see Atheism for Dummies at 207 for more examples) Example: “Gay Teen Worried He Might Be Christian”

 

Park, Robert L. (2008) "Superstition – Belief in the Age of Science"    Park writes about the relationship between religion and science, covering such topics as revolution, prayer, afterlife, morality, and the placebo effect

 

Pascual, Arturo Modelo (2010) "Scriptures – Sacred Writings of the World’s Religions"   Covers both western and eastern religions and philosophies.

 

Renard, John (2012) The Handy Religion Answer Book Provides a basic education about the history and beliefs of western and eastern religion

 

Smith, George H. (1979) Atheism: "The Case Against God" A classic atheist treatise in a philosophical tone

 

Stenger, Victor (2007) "God, the Failed Hypothesis"  Subtitled "How Science Shows that God Does Not Exist"

Templeton, Charles (1996)  "Farewell to God: My Reasons for Rejecting the Christian Faith"   Templeton was a major figure in Christian evangelical preaching. Doubts brought about a crisis in his faith, and this book is an explanation of that process

 

Wells, Steve (2013) "The Skeptic’s Annotated Bible "    If you only buy one book from this list, make it this one. This is the entire Bible with commentary on each book and hundreds of verses. This is the very best way to get familiar with the Bible.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Documentary                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Flemming, Brian (2005)   "The God Who Wasn’t There"    Made by a former believer who seeks to know if there is any truth in the religion in which he was indoctrinated as a child. Includes commentary and interviews with Sam Harris, Robert M. Price and Richard Carrier.

Websites

American Atheists     www.atheists.org

American Humanist Association. www.americanhumanist.org

Americans United for Separation of Church and State www.au.org

Atheist Alliance International. www.atheistalliance.org

Atheist Nexus (social networking) www.atheistnexus.org

Center for Inquiry. www.centerforinquiry.net

Coalition of Reason www.unitedcor.org

Daylight Atheism www.bigthink.com/blog/daylight-atheism

Foundation Beyond Belief www.foundationbeyondbelief.org

Freedom from Religion Foundation www.ffrf.org

Institute for Humanist Studies www.humaniststudies.org

Internet Infidels www.infidels.org

The Jesus Puzzle. www.jesuspuzzle.com

The Military Association of Atheists.  www.militaryatheists.org

Recovering from Religion www.recoveringfromreligion.org

The Richard Dawson Foundation for Reason and Science www.richarddawkins.net

Secular Coalition for American History www.secular.org

Secular Student Alliance www.secularstudents.org

Secular Therapist Project (helps people find a secular therapist) www.SecularTherapy.org

The Secular Web www.infidels.org

The Skeptics Annotate Bible website.  www.skepticsannotatedbible.com

Atheist Shops

 

The Arrogant Atheist: Atheist shirts and accessories. Also has an atheist-themed blog and discussion forum.

www.thearrogantatheist.com

Atheist Gear: Portal to clothing, religion-free news, and entertainment        www.atheistgear.net

EvolveFISH:   Dedicated to countering religious zealotry     www.evolvefish.com

GodSwill Ministries: Heretic clothing and gear         www.godswillchurch.com/store

 

Podcasts/Shows

The Atheist Experience          Cable access TV show            www.atheist-experience.com

Dogma Debate            Encourages conservatives and religious leaders to debate freethinkers. www.dogmadebate.com

The Imaginary Friends Show             Check it out – “Conversations with God”      www.imaginaryfriendsshow.com

The Infidel Guy          Call-in radio show      www.infidelguy.com

Skepticality     The podcast of the Skeptics Society and Skeptics magazine             www.skepticality.com

Skeptically Speaking  Interviews with authors, researchers and experts       www.skepticallyspeaking.ca

The Thinking Atheist              Weekly podcast          www.thethinkingatheist.com

Social Networks/ Dating Sites

Atheist Dating Service           Fastest growing co-op of atheist dating sites             www.atheistdatingservice.com

Atheist Passions          Free dating and social networking site for atheists and agnostics      www.atheistpassions.com

Atheist Nexus:            The world’s largest coalition of non-theists   www.atheistnexus.org

AtheistSocial              A social network for atheists, secular humanists, and freethinkers   www.atheistsocial.com

Freethinker Match      Dating website for freethinkers          www.freethinkermatch.com

Think Atheist              Social networking and news. Breaks misconceptions about atheism            www.thinkatheist.com

 

Religious Literacy

Blessed Atheist Bible Study               www.blessedatheist.com

The Skeptic’s Annotated Bible          www.skepticsannotatedbible.com

 

Conventions, conferences and rallies dedicated to sharing the message of free thought

 

The Amazing Meeting

American Humanist Association Annual Conference

Committee for Skeptical Inquiry Convention

Freedom from Religion Foundation

Global Atheist Convention

Reason Rally

Skepticon

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