Bitchspot’s Book Corner

books-pileI’ve read a  ton of books from an atheist and/or rationalist perspective.  In fact, in looking over my bookshelves recently, the number of books I’ve consumed over the years is really kind of astounding, but as time has gone one, I’ve realized that most of the new books that come out today are pretty much the same thing by a different author.  That’s not necessarily a bad thing, after all, Christian apologetics really doesn’t change significantly over time, nor do the answers to it, so there’s only so much that can be said about the religious nonsense that gets published.

Therefore, I thought it would be interesting to publish a list of the books that I’ve read, at least the ones that I have close at hand, I know that I have a lot of these packed away somewhere and they’ll get overlooked, but I’ll try.  I’m hoping that my loyal readers may have some ideas for things to look for that are different than what I’ve already consumed.  So here, alphabetically by author, are at least some small portion of the books that I’ve read in the science and anti-apologetic realm.

Manfred Barthel:

What the Bible Really Says

Peter Boghossian:

A Manual for Creating Atheists

Russell Blackford:

50 Great Myths about Atheism

Joseph Campbell:

The Hero With a Thousand Faces

The Masks of God (all volumes)

The Power of Myth

Richard Carrier:

Proving History: Bayes’s Theorem and the Quest for the Historical Jesus

Sense and Goodness Without God:  A Defense of Metaphysical Naturalism

Why I Am Not a Christian: Four Conclusive Reasons to Reject the Faith

Richard Dawkins:

A Devil’s Chaplain:  Reflections on Hope, Lies, Science, and Love

The Ancestor’s Tale:  A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution

The Blind Watchmaker:  Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe without Design

The God Delusion

The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution

The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True

The Selfish Gene

Unweaving the Rainbow:  Science, Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder

Daniel Dennett:

Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon

Darwin’s Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life

Kinds of Minds: Toward an Understanding of Consciousness

Earl Doherty:

The Jesus Puzzle: Did Christianity Begin with a Mythical Christ? : Challenging the Existence of an Historical Jesus

Bart Ehrman:

Apocryphal Gospels: Texts and Translations

Did Jesus Exist?: The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth

Forged: Writing in the Name of God–Why the Bible’s Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are

Forgery and Counterforgery: The Use of Literary Deceit in Early Christian Polemics

God’s Problem: How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important Question–Why We Suffer

How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee (haven’t read it yet but it’s on order)

Jesus Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible (And Why We Don’t Know About Them)

Lost Christianities: The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew

Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why

The Other Gospels:  Accounts of Jesus from Outside the New Testament

Thomas Gilovich:

How We Know What Isn’t So: The Fallibility of Human Reason in Everyday Life

Lloyd M. Graham:

Deceptions and Myths of the Bible

Guy P. Harrison:

50 Reasons People Give for Believing in a God

50 Simple Questions for Every Christian

Lawrence Krauss:

A Universe From Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather than Nothing

The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True

John C. Lennox:

God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God?

Sam Harris:

The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason

Letter to a Christian Nation

The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values

Christopher Hitchens:

God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever

Michael Martin:

Atheism: A Philosophical Justification

The Case Against Christianity

The Impossibility of God

Dale McGowan:

Atheism for Dummies

David Mills:

Atheist Universe: The Thinking Person’s Answer to Christian Fundamentalism

Stephen Pinker:

The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature

The Better  Angels of our Nature: Why Violence has Declined

How the Mind Works

The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language

The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature

Carl Sagan:

The Demon Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

The Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence

The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View of the Search for God

D. Jason Slone:

Theological Incorrectness: Why Religious People Believe What They Shouldn’t

George H. Smith:

Atheism: The Case Against God

The problem is, this list doesn’t include many of my pro-evolution, pro-science, anti-creationism books, that’s another whole list of it’s own.  It also doesn’t include any of my books on apologetics and creationism from a religious perspective, although certainly there are many fewer of those, I really only have them for reference.  I might post some of those at a later date.

When a lot of new atheist books come out, I really find myself thinking that anything they’re likely to say, I’ve read already, is there really anything new under the sun when it comes to pro-atheist, anti-religious books or have I read all there is to read?  Help me out people!

6 thoughts on “Bitchspot’s Book Corner

  1. The problem is most books like this are aimed at de-converting or newbies. The market now is really only the humorous atheist books that would appeal. But like any comedy you need to find the writer that appeals to you. Additionally, its a niche market so not much choice.
    My recent post Mormons and their alien friends

    1. The real problem, and it is part of what you say, is that all of the books are pretty much the same. There's no breakthrough on religious anti-apologetics because nothing ever changes with religion. A lot of these writers keep writing essentially the same books over and over and over again, I guess once you've read it once, you don't need to keep reading it. I really wish there was a good pro-apologetic book to read but since Christians have no evidence for their God whatsoever, and I've read the best claims they make and they all fall far flat, it's no surprise that atheists just point out that the theists have got nothing and move on.

    1. Actually, my list is even longer than that, I found a couple of books I didn't include. And, of course, that's mostly from my "atheist" reading, I didn't list science books or apologetics books or anything like that. I'm not really into science for the sake of science anyhow, I read things that particularly interest me, I don't read things just to read them, only if I have a particular desire to learn something more about a particular subject for some reason.

      I've read some Shermer, my wife has Why People Believe Weird Things that I've read but it's on her book list and not mine. Maybe I should pick up some of those. I don't listen to audio books, I don't really have time to listen to them, I have virtually no commute and I can read so much faster than they can read it to me, it bugs me that I'm not using my time efficiently. Thanks for the suggestion.

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