Definitive Books

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Nyarlathotep's picture
catholicray -

catholicray - What’s one good book you’d recommend to me?

Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay, 1841 (it is in public domain, link is to copy of book).

arakish's picture
catholicray: "What’s one good

catholicray: "What’s one good book you’d recommend to me?"

Well, it is not just a book, but use critical thinking, logical and deductive reasoning, and rational and analytical thought when you read your Bible. Also obtain an education into the physical sciences. Better yet, earn a Baccalaureate in Astrophysics: Celestial Mechanics and Orbital Mechanics. That will definitely teach you how to think critically, while utilizing logical and deductive reasoning, and rational and analytical thought.

Do that. And theism debunked.


Sapporo's picture
My list:

My list:
Marcus Aurelius: Meditations
Simone de Beauvoir: The Ethics of Ambiguity
Thomas Bulfinch: Bulfinch's Mythology
Richard Carrier's books, particularly On the Historicity of Jesus: Why We Might Have Reason for Doubt
Richard Dawkins's books, particularly The God Delusion
Timothy Ferris: The Science of Liberty: Democracy, Reason and the Laws of Nature
Charles Freeman: The Closing of the Western Mind: The Rise of Faith and the Fall of Reason
A.C. Grayling: Against All Gods: Six Polemics on Religion and an Essay on Kindness
Jennifer Michael Hecht: Doubt: A History
Christopher Hitchens: God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything
Tom Holland: In the Shadow of the Sword: The Birth of Islam and the Rise of the Global Arab Empire
David Hume: Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion
Lucretius: The Way Things Are
Kenan Malik: The Quest for a Moral Compass
John Stuart Mill: On Liberty & Autobiography
David Mills: Atheist Universe: The Thinking Person's Answer to Christian Fundamentalism
Thomas Paine: The Age of Reason
Steven Pinker: The Better Angels of Our Nature & Enlightenment Now
Bertrand Russell: Why I Am Not a Christian & Religion and Science
Carl Sagan: Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space & The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
Percy Shelley: The Necessity of Atheism
Michael Shermer: The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom
Darrel Rey: The God Virus: How Religion Infects Our Lives and Culture
Matt Ridley: The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves
George H. Smith: Atheism: The Case Against God
Baruch Spinoza: Ethics
Victor J. Stenger: God: The Failed Hypothesis: How Science Shows That God Does Not Exist
Mark Twain: Letters from the Earth
Ibn Warraq: Why I am Not a Muslim
The Portable Atheist (compilation of essays)
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Some of these are more bombastic than my own inclination and many (if not all) involve philosophy that is a matter of taste. I'm not able to get access to some of them right now to check how appropiate they are to this thread.

edit: errors corrected

catholicray's picture
@Sapporo Thanks a lot!


Thanks a lot!

Old man shouts at clouds's picture
@ CR

@ CR

Start with the excellent list that Sapporo sent you. When you have finished, contact me and I will start on some real history books and papers...

catholicray's picture
@Old man shouts

@Old man shouts

Alright cool I might be a while though. Lol.

Cognostic's picture

Mark Twain - Letters From Earth. First time I have heard of that one and I like Mark Twain. Give me three days.

Almost all books are on PDF and there is no good reason not to read them. Add Thomas Paine "Age of Reason."

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@Cognostic Roger that!


Roger that!


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