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#1  Postby DavidQuinn » Dec 09, 2013 7:16 pm

Hi there, i love reading original takes on the subject of atheism/religion. Being a bit of a sci-fi buff i recently checked out a series of books called The Chronicles Of Hope (they've been causing a bit of a fuss in the UK and have been pushed by Dawkins among others). It's actually not that sci-fi and features an atheist revolutionary politician. I thoroughly recommend you check it out, the first chapter is free on the website (http://www.thechroniclesofhope.com) and contains a speech on religion that's just genius in denouncing it.

Having finished that book does anyone have anymore atheist book recommendations? I've read a lot of dawkins/sam harris but atheism within a fiction spectrum fascinates me

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Re: Atheist Books

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Re: Atheist Books

#3  Postby UtilityMonster » Dec 12, 2013 5:14 am

I prefer to read about the natural world rather than atheism specifically. Scientific truths themselves are atheistic in nature, as each chips away at the idea that a deity ever need be invoked as an explanation.

Recommendations:

How the Mind Works, The Blank Slate, Better Angels of Our Nature - Steven Pinker
The Fabric of the Cosmos - Brian Green
A Short History of Nearly Everything - Bill Bryson
The Ancestor's Tale - Richard Dawkins
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Re: Atheist Books

#4  Postby Mike_L » Dec 12, 2013 6:17 am

This one is pretty well written, IMO...

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Atheist Universe by David Mills.

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#5  Postby Mike_L » Dec 12, 2013 6:32 am

For science fiction by atheist authors, you might try the works of...

* Iain M. Banks
* the many novels and short stories of Isaac Asimov

And...
Here's a Wikipedia list of atheist authors.
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Re: Atheist Books

#6  Postby Mick » Dec 12, 2013 3:38 pm

DavidQuinn wrote:Hi there, i love reading original takes on the subject of atheism/religion. Being a bit of a sci-fi buff i recently checked out a series of books called The Chronicles Of Hope (they've been causing a bit of a fuss in the UK and have been pushed by Dawkins among others). It's actually not that sci-fi and features an atheist revolutionary politician. I thoroughly recommend you check it out, the first chapter is free on the website (http://www.thechroniclesofhope.com) and contains a speech on religion that's just genius in denouncing it.

Having finished that book does anyone have anymore atheist book recommendations? I've read a lot of dawkins/sam harris but atheism within a fiction spectrum fascinates me

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Re: Atheist Books

#7  Postby Animavore » Dec 12, 2013 4:20 pm

For atheism within a fiction setting you can do no better than to read Aquinas (check sig below).
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Re: Atheist Books

#8  Postby DavidQuinn » Dec 12, 2013 4:31 pm

Thanks for all the suggestions, particularly putting me onto Aquinas. His stuff seems intriguing. Also love the sound of the fabric of the cosmos so have ordered that. I'll seek to check out all the recommendations over xmas and will report back!
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Re: Atheist Books

#9  Postby Animavore » Dec 12, 2013 4:35 pm

The Fabric of the Cosmos is mind-blowingly good. Some parts just made me almost dizzy trying to comprehend. It deserves more than one read.
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Re: Atheist Books

#10  Postby Matthew Shute » Dec 12, 2013 4:57 pm

David, please check out this title:
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It includes writings from Lucretius, Omar Khayyám, Thomas Hobbes, Spinoza, Hume, Marx, George Eliot, Darwin, Mark Twain, Joseph Conrad, H. P. Lovecraft, Einstein, George Orwell, Bertrand Russell, Carl Sagan, Michael Shermer, all of the "Horsemen" (Harris/Dawkins/Dennett/Hitchens), Victor Stenger, Steven Weinberg, A. C. Grayling, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and quite a few more.

I highly recommend it for the diversity of atheistic and agnostic thought - fiction, nonfiction, scientists, philosophers, and even poets.
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Re: Atheist Books

#11  Postby Aca » Dec 12, 2013 5:08 pm

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Re: Atheist Books

#12  Postby NamelessFaceless » Dec 12, 2013 10:58 pm

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Re: Atheist Books

#13  Postby DavidQuinn » Dec 15, 2013 5:36 pm

Have bought George H Smith and Hitchens Portable atheist. Thanks, will be a busy and enlightening xmas (can read to drown out the monotony of my uncle on xmas day). I'll hope to get on this forum more over xmas
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Re: Atheist Books

#14  Postby Blip » Dec 15, 2013 6:03 pm

Well, I'd recommend three books.

'An Introduction to Social Anthropology' by Lucy Mair (to understand why people believe in gods)
'Atheism Explained: from folly to philosophy' by David Ramsay Steele (to understand why the god of the bible or any other such text simply cannot exist)
'The Bible' (if that doesn't make you an atheist, you're beyond hope ;-) )

ETA I re-read your OP and you're only after fiction. Just 'The Bible' then :thumbup:
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Re: Atheist Books

#15  Postby ScientificSkeptic » Dec 16, 2013 3:24 am

Ready for this one?

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Re: Atheist Books

#16  Postby Darwinsbulldog » Dec 16, 2013 4:09 am

Religion Explained (2001) by Pascal Boyer. Not an atheist book per se, but if you have any reading comprehension whatsoever and some intellectual honesty, you will be swapping baby recipes within minutes of completing this book.

"Nonsense On Stilts" (2010) by Massimo Pigliucci. Some folks don't like this book, because Massimo seems to be far too generous with the creationist's canards, but he nevertheless drops a huge H-bomb on psuedo-science in general. Although not specifically atheistic or antireligious, use pretty much the same analyical techniques to deconstruct religious bollocks and you will be a blasphemer in no time at all. :grin:
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Re: Atheist Books

#17  Postby DavidQuinn » Dec 18, 2013 8:22 pm

Blip, the bible is an epic science fiction novel. The depth of imagination involved in the fiction is also unrivalled I think. Imagining that there’s this invisible man in the sky, an invisible man who watches over us, a man with a list of ten things we shouldn’t do, that if we do any of these ten things we’ll go to hell – this is unbelievably original character ‘making’. It's just a shame that the god in the old testament is jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully. (bit of a dawkins quote there). If they had made him a lot nicer the legacy of religion would have been so much different.

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