I decided to list a few of the books that I really like, or that I plan to read. If you have any suggestions, just add it in the comments below and I’ll consider adding it to the page.
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark I’m probably showing my age a bit picking this one as my all-time favorite, but it clearly is. Carl Sagan was the man who made me feel good about the idea that I was a non-believer. I remember my favorite show being Cosmos and how it made me fall in love with science. I don’t know of anything that explains where this all fits in as well.
God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything Hitchens at his best. Certainly a must read. I’m going to miss this guy.
Letter to a Christian Nation This is Sam Harris. It’s target audience is just what it says, Christians. It is basically an explanation of what we as atheists really want. Christians, this one is for you. It’s short, to the point, and you’ll find that most of the non-believers out there feel pretty much this way.
The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason This is Sam Harris best work. Another one that if you haven’t read it, you should.
The God Delusion This seems to be the one that has the Christians the most up in arms so I had to include it. Personally, I don’t think it’s the best thing on the page here. Richard Dawkins is certainly one of the best known atheists now. This book basically goes though every religious argument he could think of and gives you his reason not to buy it. I finally read it, just because I kept hearing about it all the time. I was rather bored with it frankly, but it has become one of the “must read” books on the subject just because it sold so many copies.
The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe without Design On the other hand, I really liked this one by Richard Dawkins. Richard is a Biologist, and this covers evolution. This is a subject he knows about and is very apt at covering.
The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution Again by Dawkins. I haven’t read this one yet, but it is on my list. I do expect this to be spot on because again, it’s about Biology and Richard is really good writing about that.
The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever I read an older version of this in a philosophy class awhile back. This newer version is compiled by the late Christopher Hitchens. This one is good for the newer atheist, the religious person wanting to understand us, or anyone that wants to catch a great overview of the various people writing about the subject. My personal highlights would be Sagan, Russel, and Harris. But there’s a lot here.
God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales Penn Jillette (of Penn and Teller) is hilarious as always. Here he takes the opportunity to poke fun at the sillier aspects of religion. I enjoyed this one a lot.
The Grand Design Stephen Hawking finally comes right out and says that he’s an atheist. The reason? Well he says time started with the Big Bang so there is no room for any god to have caused it.
The Skeptic’s Annotated Bible This is the best verse by verse guide of the Bible ever written. He literally has margin notes the entire way though it. He cross references the contradictions, points out the evil, and highlights all the silly things in the entire book. There is an on-line version of it, but nothing like having the book. Besides, even if you don’t want the book, this guy deserves the support.
Breakfast with God A book by Yahoo’s own Uncle Wayne.