Books about Atheism
Atheism can be either the rejection of theism, or the position that deities do not exist. In the broadest sense, it is the absence of belief in the existence of deities.
The term atheism originated from the Greek (atheos), which was derogatively applied to anyone thought to believe in false gods, no gods, or doctrines that stood in conflict with established religions. With the spread of freethought, skeptical inquiry, and subsequent increase in criticism of religion, application of the term narrowed in scope. The first individuals to self-identify as "atheist" appeared in the 18th century. Today, about 2.3% of the world's population describes itself as atheist, while a further 11.9% is described as nontheist.
Atheism tends towards skepticism regarding supernatural claims, citing a lack of empirical evidence. Common rationales include the problem of evil, the argument from inconsistent revelations, and the argument from nonbelief. Other arguments for atheism range from the philosophical to the social to the historical.
In Western culture, atheists are frequently assumed to be irreligious or unspiritual. However, religious and spiritual belief systems such as forms of Buddhism that do not advocate belief in gods, have also been described as atheistic. Although some atheists tend toward secular philosophies such as humanism, rationalism, and naturalism, there is no one ideology or set of behaviors to which all atheists adhere. More »
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Seven Types of Atheism
By John Gray
From the provocative author of Straw Dogs comes an incisive, surprising intervention in the political and scientific debate over religion and atheismW...
God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything
By Christopher Hitchens
In the tradition of Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris's recent bestseller, The End of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the u...
The God Delusion
By Richard Dawkins
A preeminent scientist -- and the world's most prominent atheist -- asserts the irrationality of belief in God and the grievous harm religion has infl...
Five Proofs of the Existence of God
By Edward Feser
This book provides a detailed, updated exposition and defense of five of the historically most important (but in recent years largely neglected) philo...
Arguing Religion: A Bishop Speaks at Facebook and Google
By Robert Barron
Every day, millions of people fight about religion. Whether with friends, family, or on social media, we expend lots of energy, lots of sharp words, a...
Letters to a Young Contrarian (Art of Mentoring (Paperback))
By Christopher Hitchens
From bestselling author and provocateur Christopher Hitchens, the classic guide to the art of principled dissent and disagreementIn Letters to a Young...
The Devil's Delusion: Atheism and its Scientific Pretensions
By David Berlinski
Bestselling author David Berlinski's wise and witty assault on the pretensions of the scientific atheistsMilitant atheism is on the rise. In recent ye...
From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds
By Daniel C. Dennett
“[The] best scientific-philosophical approach to understanding how consciousness evolved.… A wonderful book that will shape and drive thinking for...
Letter to a Christian Nation
By Sam Harris
From the new afterword by the author:Humanity has had a long fascination with blood sacrifice. In fact, it has been by no means uncommon for a child t...
Why There Is No God: Simple Responses to 20 Common Arguments for the Existence of God
By Armin Navabi & Nicki Hise
• "Science can't explain the complexity and order of life; God must have designed it to be this way." • "God's existence is proven by scripture....