Books for free thinkers

The Age of Reason by Thomas Paine. Published by Citadel Books.
Cool rationalistic look at religion by one of America’s Founding Fathers.

Why I Am Not a Christian by Bertrand Russell. Published by Simon and Shuster, New York, NY.
Famed philosopher explains his animosity toward all belief systems and dogma that shackle people’s minds.

Deadly Doctrine by Wendell. W. Watters, M.D. Published by Prometheus Books.
Psychological study emphasizing the role that Christianity plays in the development of mental illness.

Losing Faith in Faith by Dan Barker. Published by FFRF, Inc. P.O. Box 750, Madison, WI 53701.
Ex minister chronicles the slow process by which he came to reject religion. Many interesting articles on a wide range of related topics.

Some Mistakes of Moses by Robert G. Ingersoll. Published by Prometheus Books, 700 East Amherst St. Buffalo, NY 14215.
No atheist booklist would be complete without Ingersoll’s great classic. His 44 Complete Lectures is also must reading.

The Book Your Church Doesn’t Want You To Read Edited by Tim. C. Leedom. Published by Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co., 2460 Kerper Blvd., P.O. Box 539, Dubuque, IA. 52004-0539.
Fine anthology discussing freethought, the origins of religion, and the influence of religion on society.

Atheism: The Case Against God by George H. Smith. Published by Prometheus Books.
Masterful refutation of all the major rationalizations advanced for the existence of a god. An indictment of the historical and psychological devastation wrought by belief in a “higher power.”

Holy Horrors by James A. Haught. Published by Prometheus Books.
A brief look at the historical track record of organized religions, starkly illustrating the atrocities humans have been all to willing to commit in the name of a god. Many illustrations.

The Transcendental Temptation by Paul Kurtz. Published by Prometheus Books.
Brilliant, in-depth examination of religion and other aspects of the paranormal by one of the world’s leading philosophers.

In the Beginning: A Scientist Shows Why the Creationists Are Wrong by Chris McGowan. Published by Prometheus Books.
Systematic case explaining the principles of evolution and its corollary, natural selection. Sterling defense of science against the creationist threat.

Not By Design by Victor J. Stenger. Published by Prometheus Books.
Leading physicist shows why the notion of a “designed” universe is inherently irrational.

The Forgery of the Old Testament, and Other Essays by Joseph McCabe. Published by Prometheus Books.
Former priest and freethought pioneer examines the myths of the Old Testament with a scholar’s eye.

An Anthology of Atheism and Rationalism (2 volumes) edited by Dr. Gordon Stein. Published by Prometheus Books.
Showcases over a hundred years of freethought writing by a number of gifted writers.

The Born-Again Skeptic’s Guide to the Bible by Ruth Hurmence Green. Published by FFRF, Inc.
Housewife convalecing from an illness reads the Bible and discovers not truth and beauty, but cruelty, vulgarity and absurdity.

Mythology”s Last Gods by William Harwood. Published by Prometheus Books.
Comprehensive study of Judeo-Christian origins and traditions that puts the Bible in its proper historical perspective.

Lucifer’s Handbook by Lee Carter. Published by Academic Associates, P.O. Box 628, Van Nuys, CA 91408.
Concise and readable account of all the rationalizations that have been advanced through the centuries for a god’s existence. Using the Revised Standard Bible, Carter demonstrates the contradictory and immoral nature of scripture.

Ancient Myths and Modern Life by Gerald A. Larue. Published by Centerline Press, 2005 Palo Verde Ave., Long Beach, CA.
Intriguing look at the origins of eastern mythology and the rituals of our ancestors which continue to influence our society today.

The Jesus Idea by Arnold M. Rothstein. Published by Prometheus Books.
Examines Jesus as an idea, rather than an actual man, a concept dating as far back as the 14th century BCE. Demonstrates the regenerative power of this idea throughout history.

The Difference Between Truth and Opinion by Timothy J. Cooney. Published by Prometheus Books.
Discusses how the inculcation of phony religious “truths” which are, in fact, only opinion, can have a disastrous effect on individuals and on society.

Physics and Psychics: The Search For A World Beyond the Senses by Victor J. Stenger. Published by Prometheus Books.
Offers a stinging rebuttal to whose who insist that physics and mystical beliefs are compatible.

The Blind Watchmaker by Richard Dawkins. Published by W.W. Norton and Co., New York, NY.
Academic examination of the principles of evolution.

Ethics Without God by Kai Neilsen. Published by Prometheus Books.
Convincingly argues that morality cannot be based on religion since it is humans and not a supernatural deity that determines what is to be worshipped.

Classics of Freethought edited by Paul Blanshard. Published by Prometheus Books.
A collection of some of the most striking expressions of great religious dissenters, from Voltaire to Mark Twain.

Self-Contradictions of the Bible by William Henry Burr. Published by Prometheus Books.
Freethought classic listing 133 quotes and counter-quotes, this book provides devastating ammunition to use against fundamentalists, by letting the Bible itself prove itself to be erroneous.

The Encyclopedia of Biblical Errancy by Dennis Mc.Kinsey. Published by Prometheus Books.
This is the definitive study and commentary of biblical confusion and error.

Bible Prophecy: Failure or Fulfillment? By Tim Callahan. Published by Millenium Press, Altadena, CA, 2761 North Marengo Dr., Altadena, CA 91001.
Fine defense against those who claim that the various prophecies in the Bible have been fulfilled.

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~ by Jay on September 2, 2007.

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