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  1. Mike

    This page changes from time to time. I really like these Amazon widgets, but they only let you list so many books. So, to maintain variety I cycle through recommendations. If you are looking for a specific recommendation on a topic, please comment or contact me and I’ll help if I can.

  2. Keith Henry

    Hey 12 Gage. I would like some recommended reading. I consider myself an atheist/agnostic in infancy. To give you some background to what I may be looking for: I feel as if I have been garnering these thoughts for the past 5 years or so. I think I have always had some reservations about “my faith” while being raised in Catholicism. I went to catholic school K- 12 so I have seen/heard/lived/learned enough to understand what it is all about. In college I took 2 more religion classes more so out of curiosity because it was in a new environment with maybe something else to see. Also in college I double majored in biology/chemistry. Science helped ween me off religion. There were a few simple truths that I learned in my science classes that I was just not able to overcome and which actually depressed the shit out of me.(I can explain at later time) The fact that I was not able to see any correlation in what happened in my life to what “God could explain” was something I could not ignore. Anyway, I came to later understand, something in which I assume other atheists take solace, that there is not many things more liberating than understanding that “If there is no God and no Heaven, then there is nothing more important than what we do on this Earth while we are here. If we just have this life. Then this life is more precious than it was yesterday. If this is all we have then why not strive for the best while we got it. Me not believing in God doesn’t change my behavior or ethics.” I do not want to slight the morals that were somewhat developed as part of religion, but I think they are somewhat common sense.

    So yeah that is a lot of background. Any recommendations?

    Thanks duder.

  3. Mike

    Hey Keith. Good to hear from you. All sorts of things come to mind. I think at the top of my list for you might be Letter to a Christian Nation by Sam Harris. I think it’s his best work and it’s short and I remember it being really enjoyable (I actually listened to the audio version on my commute). I think you would also like The Demon Haunted World by Carl Sagan. It’s really well written and is about the triumph of science over supernaturalism and why it’s important to embrace that. I think those would be a great place to start. If you’re into learning about issues with the Bible, I’d recommend just about anything by Randall Helms or Jesus Interrupted by Ehrman. There’s also a pretty comprehensive book by Richard Carrier call Sense and Goodness without God. Carrier sort of shares my interest of exploring all these areas including morality, science, philosophical arguments, biblical criticism, etc. That’s more in depth than my other recommendations (and I don’t agree with everything he says) but it might be worth checking out for a full defense of all out naturalism.

    I hope that helps. Let me know of you have any questions.

  4. Rosemary

    > Would we be replacing one toatiltarian system with another?I don’t think this fear is grounded.With secular education every parent is free to educate their own children in whatever religion they choose or, none at all. This education can happen at home or at weekends (Sunday school etc).However, once standard, compulsory education contains religious indoctrination parents cannot remove’ this indoctrination from the child after school. (Sunday de-programming school?).So, Secular Schooling removes the toatiltarian system and replaces it with choice.

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