Recommended reading list?

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Re: Recommended reading list?

Unread post by Noah Spersions » January 14th, 2019, 9:41 pm

Sam Harris and Daniel Dennett are the other two. Dennett is less well known, but he's done seminal work in the cognitive sciences. For a while they tried to promote Ayaan Hirsii Ali, but she never really caught on, and I think Matt Dillahunty is aspiring to replace Hitchens.


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Re: Recommended reading list?

Unread post by Noah Spersions » January 15th, 2019, 5:40 am

Noah Spersions wrote:
January 14th, 2019, 10:22 am
OK, there are a LOT of good reads. I'm of a generation before the 4 horseman so what really interests me will escape those new to unbelief.

Here are a couple contemporary authors I highly recommend:

Dan Barker "Godless"

David Fitzgerald "NAILED" and "THE COMPLETE HERETIC'S GUIDE TO WESTERN RELIGION" series.

Dan Everett "Don't Sleep, There are Snakes" and "The Pirahã: People Who Define Happiness Without God" which can be found here: [https://ffrf.org/publications/freethoug ... ithout-god]
I thought for those who like poetry, and think there isn't any "atheist" stuff out there, here's a selection from Judson Jerome:

The Unchosen

I guess I have a deficiency. God never
said boo to me when as a boy I stood
straining in church with muscular endeavor
for the sweet squirt of salvation. I never could
see why He spoke to this or that old lady,

sending her, hallelujah, down the aisle.
Was I alone in the congregation vile?
Or was their claim of spirit something shady?
And now when I read poets who simply Know,
drinking their imagery from God’s own cup,

whose poems “just come,” and then, like Topsy, grow,
whereas I always have to make them up,
with never a tremor saying Break this line
or Save this phrase, regardless of its beat,
hear no obscurities which seem Divine,

and, knowing not God’s measure, still count feet,
I yearn that reason give me some relief
(besides those lapses when my mind, not soul,
is not so much inspired as out of control).
Non-linear God, help Thou my unbelief!

Judson Jerome

From The Village: New and Selected Poems,
Dolphin-Moon Press, (c) 1987. This poem is in the
public domain.


“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.“

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