Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Agnosticism. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.
1. The Psychedelic Experience: A Manual Based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead
We are in the midst of a powerful psychedelic renaissance. After four decades of hibernation, the promise of the psychoactive 60s - that deeper self-awareness, achieved through reality-bending substances and practices, will lead to greater external harmony - is again gaining a major following. The signs are everywhere, from the influence of today's preeminent psychedelic thinker Daniel Pinchbeck, to the renewed interest in the legacy of Terence McKenna, and to the upsurge of collective, inclusive (and overtly tripped-out) cultural phenomena like the spectacle of Burning Man. The Psychedelic Experience , created in the movement's early years by the prophetic shaman-professors Timothy Leary, Ralph Metzner, and Richard Alpert (Ram Dass), is a foundational text that serves as a model and a guide for all subsequent mind-expanding inquiries. In this wholly unique book, the authors provide an interpretation of an ancient sacred manuscript, The Tibetan Book of the Dead, from a psychedelic perspective. The Psychedelic Experience describes their discoveries in broadening spiritual consciousness through a combination of Tibetan meditation techniques and psychotropic substances. As sacred as the text it reflects, The Psychedelic Experience is a guidebook to the wilderness of mind and an indispensable resource from the founding fathers of psychedelia.
- Author: Paul Heitsch
- Genre: Religion & Spirituality, Other Eastern Religions & Sacred Texts, Tibetan Book of the Dead
2. Staying Sober Without God: The Practical 12 Steps to Long-Term Recovery from Alcoholism and Addictions
Finally, a psychology-based approach to recovery that doesn't require faith in a god or supernatural being. This book will guide you through a series of 12 steps designed to free you from the patterns that keep you stuck in your addictive cycle. These 12 steps are developed to be workable whether you are currently in a traditional 12-step program or not. Cultivate genuine motivation to stop your addictive cycle. Find relief from the guilt of past actions and the resentments toward the people who hurt you. Explore the patterns that keep you stuck and systematically remove them from your life. Heal the damage done to your loved ones. Discover powerful tools that help keep you grounded in the moment and free from overwhelming emotions Live a full, healthy, balanced life free from the prison of addictive behavior. One step at a time, you can end the cycle that causes suffering for you and your loved ones. With a detailed plan of action, you can stay sober without God.
- Author: Jeffrey Munn
- Publisher: Jeffrey Munn (January 6, 2019)
- Genre: Self-Help, Relationships
- ISBN: 978-1733588003
- Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.39 x 8.5 inches
3. Letter to a Christian Nation
"Forty-four percent of the American population is convinced that Jesus will return to judge the living and the dead sometime in the next 50 years," writes Sam Harris. "Imagine the consequences if any significant component of the U.S. government actually believed that the world was about to end and that its ending would be glorious. The fact that nearly half of the American population apparently believes this, purely on the basis of religious dogma, should be considered a moral and intellectual emergency." In response to his award-winning best seller The End of Faith , Sam Harris received thousands of letters from Christians excoriating him for not believing in God. Letter to A Christian Nation is his courageous and controversial reply. Using rational argument, Harris offers a measured refutation of the beliefs that form the core of fundamentalist Christianity. Addressing current topics ranging from intelligent design and stem-cell research to the connections between religion and violence, Letter to A Christian Nation boldly challenges the influence that faith has on public life in the United States.
- Author: Sam Harris
- Genre: History, World, Religious, Religion, Politics & State
4. Fear and Trembling
From the perspective of an unbeliever, Fear and Trembling explores the paradox of faith, the nature of Christianity, and the complexity of human emotion. Kierkegaard examines the biblical story of Abraham, who was instructed to sacrifice his son Isaac, and forces us to consider Abraham's state of mind. What drove Abraham, and what made him carry out such an absurd and extreme request from God? Kierkegaard argues that Abraham's agreement to sacrifice Isaac, and his suspension of reason, elevated him to the highest level of faith. He explores more comprehensible alternatives, but in each one Abraham fails the test of faith, thus showing that true faith cannot be explained, understood, or made rational. His thesis is a compelling counterpoint to Hegel, who maintained that reason was the highest form of thought, and it proved a significant source of inspiration to later existentialist philosophers such as Camus and Sartre.
- Author: Mark Meadows
- Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy, Movements, Existentialism
5. God: A Human History
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The bestselling author of Zealot and host of Believer explores humanity’s quest to make sense of the divine in this concise and fascinating history of our understanding of God. In Zealot, Reza Aslan replaced the staid, well-worn portrayal of Jesus of Nazareth with a startling new image of the man in all his contradictions. In his new book, Aslan takes on a subject even more immense: God, writ large. In layered prose and with thoughtful, accessible scholarship, Aslan narrates the history of religion as a remarkably cohesive attempt to understand the divine by giving it human traits and emotions. According to Aslan, this innate desire to humanize God is hardwired in our brains, making it a central feature of nearly every religious tradition. As Aslan writes, “Whether we are aware of it or not, and regardless of whether we’re believers or not, what the vast majority of us think about when we think about God is a divine version of ourselves.” But this projection is not without consequences. We bestow upon God not just all that is good in human nature—our compassion, our thirst for justice—but all that is bad in it: our greed, our bigotry, our penchant for violence. All these qualities inform our religions, cultures, and governments. More than just a history of our understanding of God, this book is an attempt to get to the root of this humanizing impulse in order to develop a more universal spirituality. Whether you believe in one God, many gods, or no god at all, God: A Human History will challenge the way you think about the divine and its role in our everyday lives. Praise for God “Timely, riveting, enlightening and necessary.” — HuffPost “Tantalizing . . . Driven by Reza Aslan’s grace and curiosity, God . . . helps us pan out from our troubled times, while asking us to consider a more expansive view of the divine in contemporary life.” —The Seattle Times “A fascinating exploration of the interaction of our humanity and God.” — Pittsburgh Post-Gazette “Aslan’s slim, yet ambitious book is the story of how humans have created God with a capital G, and it’s thoroughly mind-blowing.” —Los Angeles Review of Books “Aslan is a born storyteller, and there is much to enjoy in this intelligent survey.” — San Francisco Chronicle
- Author: Reza Aslan
- Publisher: Random House (November 7, 2017)
- Genre: History, World
6. Atheist Manifesto: The Case Against Christianity, Judaism, and Islam
This hugely controversial work demonstrates convincingly how the world’s three major monotheistic religions—Christianity, Judaism, and Islam—have attempted to suppress knowledge, science, pleasure, and desire, condemning nonbelievers often to death. Not since Nietzsche has a work so groundbreaking and explosive questioned the role of the world’s three major monotheistic religions. If Nietzsche proclaimed the death of God, Onfray insists that not only is God still very much alive but also increasingly controlled by fundamentalists who pose a danger to the nature of human morality. Documenting the ravages of religious intolerance over the centuries, the author makes a strong case against the three religions for their obsession with purity and their contempt for reason and intelligence, individual freedom, desire, and the human body, as well as their disdain for women, sexuality, and pleasure. In their place, all three demand faith and belief, obedience and submission, extolling the “next life” to the detriment of the here and now. Tightly argued, this is a work that is sure to stir debate on the role of religion in American society—and politics.
- Author: Michel Onfray
- Publisher: Skyhorse; Translation edition (April 1, 2011)
- Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Politics & Social Sciences
7. Not Very Intelligent Design: On the origin, creation and evolution of the theory of intelligent design
10 amazing things concerning this book - The Intelligent Designer created reading glasses so that all humans could read this book. Humans need haircuts. Cat hair stops growing at exactly the right length. Humans have butt crack hair because the Intelligent Designer decided that your bottom would be too hygienic and too easy to clean without it. Humans sometimes choke to death. Dolphins don't. They have a separate breathing tube. Humans who seriously believe in creation theory will not enjoy this book. The bit in this book about an amputee soldier who loses his second hand in a blender whilst on a bender in Bali may contain traces of fiction. The Intelligent Designer decided that human limbs should not regrow after amputation. Salamanders on the other hand... The bit about a poop in a public pool that leads to mass murder may not be completely true. If you believe that God's on your side, don't read this book. The Intelligent Designer created special, lethal diseases which are transmitted during acts of procreation. Mysterious or perverse?
- Author: Neel Ingman
- Publisher: Palaceno House; 1st edition (April 5, 2018)
- Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Politics & Social Sciences
8. Four Disturbing Questions with One Simple Answer: Breaking the Spell of Christian Belief
I’ve shared the details of my spiritual journey in Goodbye Jesus: An Evangelical Preacher’s Journey Beyond Faith . My aim in this book is raise four challenging questions that need to be addressed by every Christian believer and then to offer one incredibly simple answer—an answer that challenges the veracity of the Christian faith but can also be the gateway to a rewarding new life that is based on truth and does not require the suspension of common sense. Objectively examining your closely held belief system is not a walk in the park. And facing up to the idea that you might be under a spell that makes it hard for you to think objectively is daunting, especially when you rely on the spell’s results to make you feel that everything is okay and when you’ve been warned that tampering with the spell is the worst thing you could ever do. Choose courage. If what you believe is true, it can stand the test of any question that I or anyone else might raise. I encourage you to open your mind, face the facts, and decide that you will follow the truth wherever it leads. I spent most of my life in a search for truth about faith, God, and religion. Maybe I can save you some time as you make your own decisions. Tim Sledge
- Author: Tim Sledge
- Publisher: Insighting Growth Publications; 1st edition (July 23, 2019)
- Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Religion & Spirituality
9. The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever
From the number-one New York Times best-selling author of God Is Not Great , a provocative and entertaining guided tour of atheist and agnostic thought through the ages with never-before-published pieces by Salman Rushdie, Ian McEwan, and Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Christopher Hitchens continues to make the case for a splendidly godless universe in this first-ever gathering of the influential voices past and present that have shaped his side of the current (and raging) God/no-god debate. With Hitchens as your erudite and witty guide, you'll be led through a wealth of philosophy, literature, and scientific inquiry, including generous portions of the words of Lucretius, Benedict de Spinoza, Charles Darwin, Karl Marx, Mark Twain, George Eliot, Bertrand Russell, Emma Goldman, H. L. Mencken, Albert Einstein, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and many others well-known and lesser known. And they're all set in context and commented upon as only Christopher Hitchens, "political and literary journalist extraordinaire" ( Los Angeles Times ), can. Atheist? Believer? Uncertain? No matter: The Portable Atheist will speak to you and engage you every step of the way.
- Author: Christopher Hitchens
- Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Genres & Styles, Religion
10. Black Sheep: My Journey from Evangelical Christianity to Atheism
An Evangelical Christian minister walked away from her faith and became an atheist. Raised in the confines of Evangelical Christianity from a young age, Cassie Fox served and sought the God she loved with all of her heart. A true believer, she attended Bible college and became an ordained minister, fervently preaching the Gospel to others with passion. After years of living a life dedicated to her faith in God, she learned information that cast her religious beliefs in a different light. In this raw, transparent, and sometimes heartbreaking autobiography, Cassie Fox shares her gripping journey as she battled and agonized over the implications of her newfound understanding until she ultimately found peace and healing in the least expected of places. Walk through this incredible, life changing story of triumph, and discover the message of optimism and hope she found at the end. Black Sheep: My Journey from Evangelical Christianity to Atheism is an empowering, true story. Buy Black Sheep: My Journey from Evangelical Christianity to Atheism today!
- Author: Cassie Fox
- Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Religion & Spirituality